Health

CDC expects more monkeypox cases in the U.S.

BY: - May 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it’s likely the United States will see additional cases of monkeypox in the coming weeks, but officials cautioned that it’s harder to transmit the virus than it is to spread respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Monkeypox, which is also spreading throughout Europe, has an […]

Under fire from Congress, FDA chief says baby formula shortage will improve soon

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Robert Califf told Congress Thursday that the infant formula shortage will likely begin to improve in the coming days, though he declined to explain to unhappy lawmakers why his agency didn’t act sooner on a whistleblower report that detailed safety issues at an Abbott Laboratories facility in Michigan. […]

Congress, White House scramble to ease baby formula shortage

BY: and - May 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — Both the Biden administration and Congress moved Wednesday to try to relieve a national infant formula shortage, as the White House invoked the Defense Production Act and the U.S. House approved $28 million for the Food and Drug Administration. President Joe Biden said he would use the law to address the formula shortage, requiring suppliers […]

Kemp OKs expanded Medicaid coverage for new moms, rejects coverage for HIV

BY: - May 17, 2022

Low-income moms will be eligible for a year of Medicaid coverage under a bill Gov. Brian Kemp just quietly signed into law. But the governor caught advocates by surprise when he rejected language and funding in next year’s budget that would have started the process of expanding Medicaid eligibility to cover low-income Georgians living with […]

Democrats press feds to help hundreds of thousands of Georgians at risk of losing Medicaid coverage

BY: - May 6, 2022

The federal public health emergency instituted during the pandemic made it easier for Georgians to access and keep insurance through Medicaid. But with renewal up in the air, hundreds of thousands of Peach State residents face losing benefits altogether. Georgia’s congressional Democrats are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to do more to […]

Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short

BY: - May 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote next week on a bill to codify abortion protections, following the disclosure that the Supreme Court could be ready to overturn a landmark abortion rights ruling, he and other Senate Democrats announced Thursday. The effort appears largely symbolic. Democrats are well short of the 60 […]

Georgia election-year politics jolted by Supreme Court draft abortion opinion

BY: and - May 4, 2022

A leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated ruling on abortion rights suggests the nation’s highest court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade and unleash states like Georgia to severely restrict access to the procedure. The unofficial ruling, which was obtained by Politico, became public a couple months before a decision was expected, […]

Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

BY: and - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion.   “I believe that a woman’s right […]

Kemp plan to replace Obamacare website blocked for now

BY: - April 29, 2022

The governor’s stalled health care plan hit another roadblock Friday when the Biden administration notified state officials it could soon block a proposal to bypass healthcare.gov. The state has so far not responded to three letters seeking additional information, which “alone constitutes a sufficient basis” to suspend implementation of the program, according to a letter […]

As Georgia fentanyl overdoses spike, bill to ease access to life-saving test awaits Kemp OK

BY: - April 18, 2022

Georgians are suffering through a surge in fentanyl overdoses as the synthetic opioid finds its way into more illicit substances across the state. “We’re packing out clean syringes and taking the dirty ones. We’re also distributing naloxone (a drug that can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses) and training people how to use it. We’re […]

Carter Center to celebrate life of Dr. John Gates, state mental health care reformer

BY: - April 18, 2022

A former director of state mental health and disability services who was a long-time adviser to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is being remembered for his work lifting consumer voices. Dr. John Gates, a former head of what is now known as the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, died in January from […]