Health

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

This story was updated at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24.  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. The decision by five of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of […]

Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are pushing to increase access to abortion for members of the military, concerned a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could end the constitutional right will harm troops. The U.S. House’s annual funding bill for the Defense Department would require the Pentagon to provide leave to troops and civilian employees seeking […]

U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange

BY: - June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. soldiers deployed to bases in Afghanistan and Iraq often lived and worked alongside large pits where batteries, plastics, rubber, chemicals and other garbage would be lit on fire with jet fuel. The legacy of those burn pits followed thousands of military members back to the United States, where they have suffered from […]

End date looms for federal health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Georgians 

BY: - June 15, 2022

There is a growing cry for Congress to continue pandemic-era health insurance initiatives, including enhanced subsidies that have been credited with helping to boost enrollment in the federal marketplace nationally and here in Georgia. The more generous tax credits were included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act that passed last spring, helping to […]

As insulin costs soar, diabetics say a $35 cap on co-pays is not enough

BY: - June 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Lacy Mason was a 21-year-old graduate student in Atlanta when she started rationing her insulin. As a Type 1 diabetic, she needs to take insulin every day for survival. But when the cost surged to $960 a month, Mason could no longer afford it. She had aged out of Medicaid and her student […]

Bipartisan U.S. Senate bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits edges toward passage

BY: - June 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is set to approve a sweeping bill in the coming days steered by the bipartisan duo of Montana’s Jon Tester and Kansas’ Jerry Moran that would expand health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits overseas — though a few final details linger. Democrats and Republicans on Capitol […]

Ga. federal judge rules against employer that denied transgender health coverage

BY: - June 3, 2022

A federal judge in Georgia has ruled a veteran Houston County sheriff’s deputy was wrongfully denied health insurance coverage for gender-affirming care.   Anna Lange informed longtime Sheriff Cullen Talton, her coworkers and the county director of personnel in 2018 that she intended to live openly as a woman and planned to have gender reassignment surgery. […]

Health officials investigating first suspected Georgia case of monkeypox

BY: - June 1, 2022

Georgia’s first suspected case of monkeypox was announced Wednesday as the rare skin-to-skin virus continues to gradually spread across the United States.  The ‌Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting confirmation testing to determine if the virus is monkeypox after a metro Atlanta man with a history of international travel was initially diagnosed […]

Infant formula stockpile for the U.S. suggested by FDA chief

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should consider creating a stockpile of infant formula to avoid the possibility of future shortages, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told a Senate committee on Thursday. Commissioner Robert Califf said during his third hearing on Capitol Hill about the months-long shortage that his agency and lawmakers […]

Nine monkeypox cases now reported in seven states, and CDC urges awareness

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Monkeypox cases are slowly increasing throughout the United States, though public health officials said Thursday they have the tools needed to diagnose, treat and contain the virus that’s mostly spread by skin-to-skin contact. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said during a briefing that there are now nine diagnosed cases […]

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 […]