Sun., December 29, 2013 8:00pm
Starting January 1, 2014 student athletes will be better protected in gyms and on playing fields across Georgia. At least, that is the goal behind the Return to Play Act. The new state law requires schools give student athletes and their parents information about concussions. It also mandates that coaches pull a child from activity if he or she shows concussion symptoms.
Tue., December 24, 2013 7:16am
If you missed the deadline, the extended deadline and even the grace period to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, you may be surprised to learn that you still have time to enroll in coverage. The federal government extended the original enrollment deadline from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23 and then even added an extra 24 hour window for consumers to sign up on Dec. 24.
Thu., December 19, 2013 7:00am
Jonathan Gruber views health care reform from a unique vantage point. Gruber, an MIT economics professor, was a principal architect of the Massachusetts reform law. And he was a key adviser to the Obama administration in its crafting of the Affordable Care Act.
Wed., December 18, 2013 9:00am
In the past several school years, at least 15 students and 12 adults have died in schools from probable sudden cardiac arrest, according to Project S.A.V.E., an outreach and prevention program of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. But another 42 people have been saved: 18 students and 24 adults are alive today because school personnel were prepared and ready to take action when their cardiac function ceased.
Wed., December 18, 2013 6:10am
A report released Tuesday ranks Georgia at the bottom of states on protecting against infectious disease threats. But Georgia public health officials, responding to the report, said Tuesday that some of the indicators are misleading or erroneous. And they said the authors of the report did not contact the state Department of Public Health to verify their findings.
Tue., December 17, 2013 6:00am
Nearly a year after it was supposed to take effect, the physician pay hike for Medicaid services still hasn’t been fully implemented in Georgia and other states. The delays have come in states, including Georgia, that use managed care in their Medicaid programs, a physicians organization says.
Fri., December 13, 2013 7:34am
Three in four Georgians say they’re satisfied with the overall value of their health care, according to a new poll released Thursday. But Georgians show concerns about the effects of the Affordable Care Act, said the poll of 400 residents, released by Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
Fri., December 13, 2013 5:10am
Flu cases are ticking up in Georgia. Public health officials announced the first influenza-related deaths in Georgia this flu season—two adults in metro Atlanta. Officials did not provide further details about the two who died. The Department of Public Health says that while the flu level is still considered minimal in Georgia, it is reporting increases in flu activity statewide, including hospitalizations.
Thu., December 12, 2013 7:32am
The number of Georgians signing up for a health plan through the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange increased to 6,859 by the end of last month, up from 1,390 as of Nov. 2, federal officials announced Wednesday. The rise in enrollees reflects, in part, a better-functioning federal website, which has been plagued with problems since ACA enrollment began Oct. 1.
Wed., December 11, 2013 7:00am
Dakota Dyer was a good student, a starting defensive end on his Bremen, Ga., football team, and had no history of mental illness or drug abuse, his father says. But in March 2012, Dakota, 14, was repeatedly asked on Facebook to try a “new legal weed,’’ says his father, Lance Dyer. Dakota finally tried the synthetic marijuana, which medical experts say can lead to paranoia or hallucinations. He then committed suicide.