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Trump officials thwarted EPA action on cancer-causing gas, report says Hot

Feature Apr 19, 2021 1

By Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller Brenda Goodman is a reporter for Medscape and WebMD. Andy Miller the editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. On August 22, 2018, the citizens of Willowbrook, Ill., had just one hour to... Read more

White bagging: Insurer shift on drugs raises alarm Hot

Feature Apr 12, 2021 3

A big change in drug treatment for cancer is arriving in Georgia. It’s not... Read more

New treatment sought for two struggling hospitals

Feature Apr 2, 2021 2

Five years ago, Marietta-based Wellstar Health System bought five Georgia hospitals from Tenet Healthcare.... Read more
Report says Atlanta better on air quality, but still has ozone problem

Atlanta’s air quality has improved, but the city still was given a failing grade for ozone pollution in the latest American Lung Association “State of the Air’’ report.

The annual report card tracks exposure to unhealthful levels of particle pollution (also known as soot) and ozone (smog) over a three-year period. This year’s report covers 2017-2019. That’s before the COVID-19 pandemic struck America, and led to much lower traffic levels in ...

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For many, insurance doesn’t prevent high costs from prescriptions

Half of Americans take no prescription drugs. At the other end of the spectrum are people like Karen Milligan. She needs several drugs and pays a lot for them.

She has dealt with multiple sclerosis for three decades. It’s disease of the central nervous system with no cure. 

At 65, Karen is seeing her drug costs continue to increase, even for the same drug she has been taking for years. Her total out-of-pocket spending for medications is running about $9,000 a year, though she’s covered by ...

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Long-delayed Medicaid report outlines state’s ambitious strategies

By Rebecca Grapevine

Georgia’s new report on Medicaid quality, which came out more than a year late, says state officials will focus more on addressing health disparities in the public insurance program.

The report, released April 1, is a road map outlining the goals of the Georgia Medicaid program for the next two years.

 

It also mentions, though briefly, the Medicaid waiver plan championed by Gov. Brian Kemp. That plan to extend coverage ...

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Georgians taking advantage of special enrollment on exchange

More than 40,000 Georgians have signed up for health coverage on the state exchange since a special enrollment period began in February.

That’s the third-highest total among the 36 states using federally run health insurance exchanges. Only the heavily populated states of Florida and Texas had more sign-ups, according to federal data through March 31.

The special enrollment on healthcare.gov began Feb. 15 and will continue until Aug. 15.

Ordinarily, the large share of ...

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It’s vital to boost domestic drug production
By Maria Thacker-Goethe We are seeing economic loss, strain on our health care systems and an unimaginable loss of...
Medicaid needs relief amid COVID crunch
By Jeff Graham The COVID-19 pandemic has burdened an already strained health care system for months without an end...
How to wean the Medicare system off opioids
By Drs. Douglas Blackmon and David Paine Over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world,...
2nd place in the 2019 Green Eyeshade Award for non-deadline reporting online goes to "Foreign-Born Physicians" by Max Blau, Andy Miller and Katja Ridderbusch of Georgia Health News.
The 2nd place Health Policy Award by the Association of Health Care Journalists' Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism goes to "Deprived of Care: When ERs Break the Law" by Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller of WebMD and Georgia Health News.

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