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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.

Ga. congressional Dems urge feds to end Kemp’s plan to skirt healthcare.gov

By: - January 6, 2022

This story was updated at 9 p.m. Thursday with comment from the governor’s office.  Georgia’s congressional Democrats are asking the Biden administration to abandon the governor’s plan to bypass healthcare.gov, calling the move “callous and cruel.” Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal to divert consumers looking for insurance to a privately run process is part of a […]

Ga. legislators plan push to insure mental health on par with physical coverage

By: - January 5, 2022

A little-known federal law passed when President George W. Bush occupied the White House requires insurers to give behavioral health care equal footing with medical benefits.   That means, if a person’s co-pay is $10 to have chest pains checked out by a medical doctor, then an insurer that offers mental health coverage cannot charge a […]

Kemp will challenge feds’ decision to reject key parts of his Medicaid plan

By: - December 27, 2021

The state will challenge the federal government’s recent decision to reject major elements of Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to slightly expand Medicaid in Georgia. The future of the Republican governor’s health care plan has been uncertain since earlier this year when the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services raised concerns about a work requirement […]

Rivian’s $5B EV manufacturing plant set to start in east Georgia by spring 2022

By: - December 17, 2021

Shane Short doesn’t own an electric vehicle. Yet. “I’m probably going to be driving an electric truck in about two years,” said Short, an official with the local joint development authority that just helped land one of the biggest economic development projects in Georgia history. Two years is about how long it’s expected to take […]

The Dirty Dozen: Coal ash and shipwreck on infamous water polluter list

By: - December 14, 2021

Massive amounts of toxic coal ash will be left in unlined pits – where they sit submerged in groundwater at five sites – under Georgia Power’s current plans for the toxic waste left behind after decades of burning coal to generate electricity. Those plans, which state regulators are reviewing, were flagged again as one of […]

State agency drops plan to limit at-home care for dozens of people with disabilities

By: - December 10, 2021

State agency officials have abandoned a controversial plan that would have limited at-home nursing care for about 200 people with disabilities, potentially upending life as they know it. Under the proposed change, dozens of people who are receiving up to 24-hour care in their own or family home would have seen their aid limited to […]

Advocates rally against plan to bypass healthcare.gov as feds seek public input

By: - December 7, 2021

Advocates are calling on the public to weigh in – again – on the governor’s plan to bypass healthcare.gov. Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care proposal would divert consumers looking for insurance to a privately run process. His plan was approved by the Trump administration last year but is now being scrutinized by the Biden administration, […]

Perdue challenges Kemp, upending Georgia’s race for governor

By: - December 6, 2021

Former Georgia U.S. Senator and Trump ally David Perdue has now publicly declared he will challenge Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, setting the stage for a messy – and expensive – race for governor next year. Perdue – who held one of the two seats flipped by Democrats in January – announced his campaign in a […]

U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

By: , and - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments that its […]

State lawmakers consider lifting raw milk restrictions to include humans

By: - November 30, 2021

Raw milk can only be sold in Georgia as a pet product, but there is growing concern about how much of that unpasteurized – and largely unregulated – milk is being sloshed into a glass for human consumption. A legislative study committee has taken up the issue and is mulling potential legislation that would allow […]

Congressional map critics make last-ditch plea, but redistricting nears end game

By: - November 18, 2021

A new congressional map that would undo some of the political gains made in recent years by Democrats in Georgia is teed up for a Senate vote Friday. The GOP-drawn map, which would make a seat flipped by Democrats in 2018 more favorable to a Republican candidate, cleared the Senate redistricting committee along a party-line vote […]

Biden appoints Blackman to regional EPA post after he fell short in PSC bid

By: - November 18, 2021

Daniel Blackman, who came up short in his bid to be the lone Democrat on the state Public Service Commission, has been appointed by President Joe Biden to oversee the southern region for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The White House announced the appointment Thursday afternoon. “Daniel brings deep experience in the region that will […]