Health

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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

Georgia sues over fed’s nursing home vaccine mandate; staff shortage persists

BY: - November 17, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr continued Georgia’s feud over federal vaccine mandates that now extend to workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the state’s two ranking Republican officials challenges the legality of the Biden administration’s requirement that the majority of health care workers […]

State lawmakers reach across aisle, say 2022 is ‘the year of mental health’

BY: - November 11, 2021

Bipartisan momentum for action on mental health in the wake of the pandemic appears to be building ahead of next year’s legislative session. A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and both chambers gathered this week at the state Capitol for a press conference, with several declaring 2022 to be “the year […]

Federal Medicaid workaround called short-term substitute for Georgia expansion

BY: - November 4, 2021

A Medicaid workaround proposal has made it into the Biden administration’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill, potentially providing health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Georgians. But health care advocates and analysts say the plan, which targets the dozen GOP-led states that have rejected Medicaid expansion, is a temporary substitute for […]

Understaffed state psychiatric units leave patients in limbo

BY: - October 27, 2021

Many patients dealing with mental health crises are having to wait several days in an ER until a bed becomes available at one of Georgia’s five state psychiatric hospitals, as public facilities nationwide feel the pinch of the pandemic. “We’re in crisis mode,’’ said Dr. John Sy, an emergency medicine physician in Savannah. “Two weeks […]

About 1 million Georgia children five to 11 to become eligible for COVID vaccine soon

BY: - October 19, 2021

Naomi Williams of Evans said the beginning of the pandemic was especially tough on her family, including her 12-year-old son. He has been diagnosed with a long list of conditions, including epilepsy and chronic lung disease, which makes him more susceptible to COVID-19. “Living with a disability makes your life different anyway, because we live […]

Majority of Georgians fear inability to pay for COVID treatment if infected, survey finds

BY: - October 14, 2021

About two-thirds of Georgians who participated in a new survey said they had trouble paying for health care in the last year and that affordability concerns factored into their health care decisions. A consumer health survey from Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub and Georgians for a Healthy Future found people who said the cost of care […]

Georgia public health officials roll out COVID boosters, warn of virus resurgence

BY: - September 30, 2021

The governor and the state’s top public health official Thursday warned Georgians not to become complacent after a couple of weeks of declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as another surge may be on the way. Infection rates are on the decline in Georgia after numbers surged with the delta variant. And the fight to limit […]