Health

GOP lawmakers pitch new plan to provide health care for poor

BY: - October 11, 2019

Georgia leaders have long grappled with ways to fairly distribute the responsibility of treating patients who can’t afford to pay, a provision known as indigent and charity care provided by hospitals.  House lawmakers and health care officials are now studying a proposed system that some Republican backers say could better serve uninsured Georgians and the […]

Hospitals want clarity on nonprofit hospital transparency law

BY: - October 11, 2019

The state’s health care regulatory board is fleshing out the details of a plan that requires most of the state’s hospitals to publicly post financial information on their websites. State lawmakers approved the new requirements this year as a way to require more transparency from hospitals that enjoy the perks of non-profit status but prefer […]

Chair of house study committee questions Georgia’s rank for maternal deaths

BY: - September 20, 2019

State lawmakers are taking a new look at why Georgia consistently ranks so poorly – and sometimes last – when it comes to maternal deaths and what can be done about it.  But a new group’s first blush at addressing the problem started Thursday with a focus on how accurately Georgia has been graded when […]

Mental health aid for Georgia school kids might be spared budget ax

BY: - September 18, 2019

A north Georgia school superintendent lamented at an August gathering of lawmakers in Jasper that some of his 3,600 students often arrive for classes with mental health needs that outstrip the capacity of the part-time counselor’s ability to help. “It’s a struggle,” Dawson County Superintendent Damon Gibbs said by phone recently. “It’s not something that’s […]

State budget cuts won’t deter Morehouse maternal mortality study

BY: - September 17, 2019

Black women in Georgia are at least three times more likely to die during or after pregnancy than their white counterparts. It’s an alarming and often cited, but also little understood, statistic. Morehouse School of Medicine, an historically black college near downtown Atlanta, intends to change that. “We knew it was multi-leveled and that’s why […]

Proposed budget cuts a setback for state mental health safety net programs

BY: - September 16, 2019

Key services for Georgians with mental disabilities struggling to keep a roof over their heads are at risk as part of about $56 million in cuts to the state’s mental health department over the next two years. Those cuts figure into budget reductions across all state government agencies that Gov. Brian Kemp ordered last month. […]

Rome still coping with mental health challenges years after hospital closed

BY: - September 3, 2019

Rome, GA – It took two years for Tereasa Lowry to lock down a new apartment in Rome after she lost her house in 2009 during the recession. She’s battled severe bouts of depression since before grade school, and without her family’s support while she sought public housing, Lowry is certain she would have wound […]

COMMENTARY

Georgia’s poor, rural hospitals lose in lawmakers’ health care waiting game

BY: - August 27, 2019

Georgia lawmakers are again waiting, fingers crossed, for someone to provide an alternative to expanding Medicaid coverage to nearly 500,000 uninsured Georgians under the federal Affordable Care Act. The latest workaround, Georgia’s 2019 Patients First Act, is so much like a Utah plan the White House just rejected that it seems like it’s time to […]

House rural development study panel considers school mental health needs

BY: - August 26, 2019

Jasper, GA – The state sent $69 million to Georgia’s public schools this year to beef up physical security after a string of school shootings in other states. Now, a north Georgia superintendent says educators need more state aid to address the less tangible side of the issue. “If a student came to school with […]

Report: Ga. makes progress on mental health services, more needed

BY: - August 23, 2019

State-administered mental health services in Georgia made good strides in recent years, but more needs to be done to help people avoid homelessness and to protect them from neglect before federal oversight can be lifted. That is the conclusion of a court report written by independent reviewer Elizabeth Jones. The U.S. Northern District Court appointed […]

Panel reviews press coverage of anti-abortion bill at Monday night event

BY: - August 13, 2019

When Georgia became the latest Southern state to pass a strict anti-abortion bill this year, the intense glare of the national media’s attention shifted to the Gold Dome. The coverage yielded a spate of national and local stories speculating on the bill’s impact on women, health care access and Georgia’s economy. Could women be charged […]

Grant to Georgia College nursing program a remedy for rural health ills

BY: - August 12, 2019

A newborn might be in one room, a great grandmother in the next and an injured farmer in still another room. For Dr. Sallie Coke, this would just be any other day at the small-town clinic where she works in rural Lamar County, which is home to 18,000 people in middle Georgia. “It’s wonderful. You […]