Here’s when drug prices will start to decrease for Medicare recipients

BY: - December 3, 2022

Starting next month, a $35 cap on insulin prices will go into effect for millions of Medicare recipients. The lower pricing is one of the first of several policy measures Americans will see in the coming months and years under the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law in August. The bill also requires pharmaceutical companies […]

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year. The day after President Joe Biden signed the […]

Updated: Georgia Supreme Court restores state’s strict six-week abortion ban, for now

BY: - November 23, 2022

Most abortions are once again illegal in Georgia pending a state Supreme Court decision. A one-page ruling from the court Wednesday forced abortion providers to send patients home without treatment. The legal question hinges on the state’s ability to pass laws that are invalid at the time the Legislature approves them . Last week, Fulton […]

Georgia’s on-again, off-again abortion restrictions create doubt for future of fertility treatments

BY: - November 22, 2022

On Friday, Zach Binney, an assistant professor at Emory University’s Oxford College, brought his work stuff to the temple where his six-month old son Jacob goes to daycare. He spent the day working in the temple library instead of his office so he could spend 20 minutes with the baby during midday Shabbat services. “I […]

Path Cleared for Georgia to Launch Work Requirements for Medicaid

BY: and - November 18, 2022

Georgia is set to become the only state to have work requirements for Medicaid coverage. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s reelection — and a surprising Biden administration decision not to appeal a federal court ruling — have freed the state to introduce its plan that would allow for a limited increase in the pool of low-income […]

Veteran state lawmaker named to lead Georgia’s mental health reform efforts

BY: - November 16, 2022

The governor has appointed the head of an influential behavioral health reform panel to lead the state agency responsible for Georgia’s safety net system for people with disabilities and behavioral health needs. A week after winning another term, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that he has appointed Kevin Tanner as commissioner of the state Department […]

Updated: Fulton judge overturns Georgia’s six-week abortion ban as unconstitutional

BY: and - November 15, 2022

Abortion is legal again in Georgia – for now – after fetal cardiac activity is detected, which is usually after about six weeks and before many women know they are pregnant. The six-week ban had been in effect since July but was thrown out Tuesday along with a requirement that physicians report to the state […]

Georgians’ high stroke rate combined with string of hospital closings hurts chances of survival

BY: - November 14, 2022

Desric Seecheran felt strong. He exercised nearly every day after work, had a good job and generally took good care of himself. One day, he was in his Douglasville home getting ready to go to the mall with a friend, but something didn’t feel right. “I stood up, and then I fell,” he said. “And […]

Court witnesses debate role of exceptions in Georgia abortion law; judge’s decision to come later

BY: - October 26, 2022

Health care providers at the center of a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s six-week abortion ban say the new law has limited their ability to care for patients whose wellbeing may be at risk.  But attorneys for the state invited out-of-state medical providers – including a Texas obstetrician and gynecologist whose credibility was questioned by a Florida […]

Georgia’s right to privacy law argued as state’s defense of 2019 anti-abortion law reaches Fulton courtroom

BY: - October 25, 2022

A Fulton County judge began to hear arguments Monday on the constitutionality of Georgia’s six-week abortion ban, but a decision won’t come until after the Nov. 8 midterm election. The two-day trial will continue Tuesday at the Fulton County courthouse with Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C. I. McBurney presiding over the case. Attorneys […]

Monkeypox cases are in sharp decline. Could the outbreak be over?

BY: - October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — New monkeypox cases have been trending downward nationwide for more than two months, giving some hope the decades-old virus that had its first major outbreak in the United States this year is nearly under control, or even on its way out. However, experts caution that the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]