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Bookman: Crank hypocrisy alarm up as Kemp takes credit for Obamacare insurance access

BY: - January 20, 2022

Based on the first few days of the Georgia General Assembly, the Republican Party’s 2022 legislative agenda is to outlaw non-citizen voting which is already outlawed, ban “critical race theory” from schools where it already doesn’t exist, bar transgender athletes from high school sports where the rules already say they can’t compete, and combat voter […]

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 […]

Prescription drug price reform on the line in Biden’s big social spending bill

BY: - December 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Among the most potentially transformational changes in the Democrats’ massive social and climate bill pending in the Senate are a set of long-sought changes intended to tamp down the fast-rising cost of prescription drugs. The $2 trillion spending package would ensure Americans don’t pay more than $35 when they pick up a new […]

White House at-home testing plan could fail parts of Georgia

BY: - December 13, 2021

Testing yourself for COVID-19 at home could be easier and less expensive next month thanks to a new White House plan, but experts question whether the measure will be enough to help those living in poorer and more rural parts of Georgia. Under the plan, announced by President Joe Biden this month, Americans who have […]

A rural Georgia community reels after hospital closes

BY: - December 10, 2021

Lacandie Gipson struggled to breathe. The 33-year-old woman with multiple health conditions was in respiratory distress and awaiting an ambulance. About 20 minutes after the emergency call, it arrived. The Cuthbert home where Gipson lived was less than a mile from Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center, but the ambulance couldn’t take her to the one-story […]

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, […]

Paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more in Biden’s social policy bill could get cut

BY: and - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill.  But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better […]

White House imposes travel restrictions for Africa amid new COVID-19 variant

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to announce travel restrictions to eight countries in Southern Africa on Monday due to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to senior administration officials. The World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern” due to its high mutation and transmission rate, and […]

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Grocery workers suffer the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace

BY: - November 26, 2021

Brian Mayer, University of Arizona; Melissa A. Barnett, University of Arizona; Mona Arora, University of Arizona, and Sabrina V. Helm, University of Arizona For The Conversation With the holiday season here, consumers are understandably desperate for a “normal” holiday season. For many, that includes big family dinners and Black Friday shopping sprees. Retail and service […]

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Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 24, 2021

If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]