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Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin has spent nearly 15 years reporting on state and local government in four states, focusing on policy and political stories and tracking public spending. She has spent the last five years chasing stories in the halls of Georgia’s Gold Dome, earning recognition for her work showing the impact of rising opioid addiction on the state’s rural communities. She is a graduate of Troy University.

Yes, expecting parents in Georgia can now claim their embryo as a dependent

By: and - September 19, 2022

Even with a wave of new state-level abortion restrictions passing or taking effect this summer, Georgia’s law stood out because of its so-called personhood provisions that accompanied the better known six-week ban on the procedure. One particular change that drew national attention was a new tax break for expecting parents. The state Department of Revenue […]

Medicaid expansion debate revived as Kemp tosses Grady $130M lifeline

By: - September 16, 2022

The governor has directed $130 million in federal aid toward expanding Atlanta’s Grady Hospital as it scrambles to absorb more patients once Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center shuts its doors on Nov. 1. Wellstar’s stunning announcement last month that it would close the Atlanta campus, which is a Level 1 trauma center with 460 beds, created […]

High number of rural Georgians call in to new 988 suicide prevention phone line 

By: - September 9, 2022

The mid-July launch of a new three-digit national suicide prevention phone line has driven an increase in call volume in Georgia, with a disproportionate number of callers dialing in from rural counties. The number of rural Georgians reaching out for help is not too surprising, says Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the state Department of Behavioral […]

Georgia hemp farming, health of state farms on menu heading into next session

By: - August 30, 2022

PERRY – After years of lobbying by the agricultural industry, state lawmakers this year passed a controversial measure meant to help keep farmers out of the courtroom. So, what’s next for ag-minded policy movers and shakers under the Gold Dome? With the legislative session still five months away – and a major election standing in […]

Kemp, Abrams stake out health care and Medicaid expansion as wedge issue

By: - August 29, 2022

Sharp disagreement over whether to expand Medicaid in Georgia – a state with one of the highest uninsured rates in the country – was one of the defining issues in the governor’s race in 2018. Four years later, the long-simmering debate over whether the state should expand the public insurance program is still sizzling. But […]

Caregiver shortage extends wait for Georgians needing help with intellectually disabled

By: - August 25, 2022

Celeste Chippero moved from Michigan to Georgia feeling confident she would find support services for her son Peter, who has cerebral palsy. Instead, her now 32-year-old son has spent the last five years on a waiting list for services through a Medicaid program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which now includes more than […]

Former first lady of Georgia Sandra Deal dies at 80

By: - August 23, 2022

Former Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is being remembered as a champion of literacy.  Deal died Tuesday at her home in Demorest from breast cancer that had metastasized into brain cancer with her husband of 56 years and family at her side. She was 80.  Deal, a former teacher, was often seen at the state […]

Judge clears way for implementation of Georgia’s narrow expansion of Medicaid

By: - August 19, 2022

A federal judge has rejected the Biden administration’s rationale for blocking Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan for partial Medicaid expansion, allowing the program to be implemented. Judge Lisa G. Wood ruled Friday that the federal government’s decision to take back approval for key eligibility requirements was unlawful, calling the move “arbitrary and capricious.” The decision out […]

Superior court judge puts Echols’ Democratic PSC challenger back on November ballot

By: - August 18, 2022

A Fulton County judge has reversed Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s decision to disqualify Democrat Patty Durand as a candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission. Superior Court Judge Melynee Leftridge ruled Thursday that a 12-month residency requirement for PSC candidates was unconstitutionally applied to Durand.  The state commission regulates Georgia’s utilities and plays an […]

State rolls out plan to use federal cash for Georgia’s EV charging network

By: - August 18, 2022

Georgia’s multiyear plan to spend $135 million in new federal funding to boost electric vehicle charging will focus on the state’s rural and underserved communities, where fast public charging can be hard to come by. But many details – such as where exactly the chargers will go and what private groups might partner with the […]

Superior court judge declines to immediately block Georgia’s abortion ban

By: - August 15, 2022

The state’s six-week abortion ban will remain in affect while a judge hears arguments that the law violates the state constitutional right to privacy. Health care providers and advocates who filed the constitutional challenge had asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C.I. McBurney to block the law while their legal challenge was being resolved. […]

Biden administration suspends Kemp’s health care plan months before planned start

By: - August 10, 2022

The Biden administration has followed through on its threat to suspend Georgia’s plan to bypass healthcare.gov, blocking the state’s alternative program from going live as planned this November.  The decision took effect Tuesday, which was the same day state officials were notified, and the move means Georgia consumers will continue to be able to sign […]