Georgia defends insurance waiver as company interest builds

BY: - July 7, 2021

Georgia officials have pushed back against a federal health agency’s request for more financial information on the state’s insurance waiver plan. A letter dated July 2 says that Georgia’s approach to replace the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment set-up with a privately run process has already been approved by the feds. The Georgia “Section 1332’’ waiver has […]

Warnock: ‘fix’ to help expand Medicaid in Georgia and other holdout states

BY: - June 29, 2021

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock says he is finalizing a proposal that would extend Medicaid coverage to more Georgians and bypass GOP state leaders who have rejected calls to expand the insurance program for the poor. Warnock, who is in Georgia this week while the Senate is on break, said Tuesday he has urged the White […]

VP Harris in Atlanta urges vaccine-shy Georgians: ‘Get those numbers up’

BY: - June 18, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Atlanta Friday in an effort to bump up the state’s lagging COVID-19 vaccination numbers ahead of President Joe Biden’s goal to at least partially vaccinate 70% of the nation’s adults by Independence Day. Georgia is not doing Biden any favors this time — about 52% of Georgians 18 or older […]

Supreme Court ends challenge by Georgia, other states to Obamacare

BY: - June 17, 2021

Health care advocates cheered a U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday rejecting a challenge of the Affordable Care Act pushed by Texas and more than a dozen other GOP-led states, including Georgia. The justices ruled with a 7-to-2 majority that the states lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. […]

COVID anxiety persists even as post-pandemic normalcy starts to return

BY: - June 15, 2021

Since last April, thousands of Georgians have called or texted the COVID-19 Emotional Support Line to talk about the stress and anxiety of living through the pandemic, but callers have different needs now than they did when the first cases arrived in the state last spring. “For the first chunk of April through October, the […]

Advocates press for state to serve more Georgians with disabilities

BY: - June 10, 2021

The head of a state agency said Thursday she wants to start a conversation about how Georgia can address the list of people with developmental disabilities trying to gain services through a Medicaid program. “Really, we’re in this together,” Judy Fitzgerald, who is the commissioner of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, […]

Biden administration stalls Kemp plan to bypass fed’s health care website

BY: - June 3, 2021

This story was updated with additional comment at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4.  The Biden administration has flagged another significant part of Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care plan, with the latest federal pushback focused on the governor’s plan to bypass and send consumers directly to insurance companies or brokers. The setback comes as the governor awaits […]

Georgia public health board to resume regular meetings after COVID pause

BY: - June 1, 2021

The advisory board for the state’s public health agency plans to resume its regular public meetings this fall after not holding any since before the COVID-19 pandemic first reached Georgia early last year. The public health board met virtually during a special meeting Tuesday to approve a bond spending package. The public could listen to […]

Waiting is hard part for Georgians with disabilities lined up for services

BY: - May 25, 2021

The move into a nursing home in Royston was supposed to be temporary for Nick Papadopoulos, who was a 38-year-old living in Athens when an infected bedsore landed him in the rural northeast Georgia facility. Four years have now passed, which brought a pandemic that was particularly ruthless inside long-term care facilities. Papadopoulos has fought […]

War against lead contamination widens in west Atlanta neighborhood

BY: - May 18, 2021

In a well-kept west Atlanta yard Saturday, two women held up small pieces of a rock-like material they had spotted on the ground. It wasn’t rock, the two agreed: It was slag. Rosario Hernandez and Eri Saikawa know plenty about west Atlanta’s deposits of slag. The stuff is a byproduct of smelting, and many years ago people […]

Student feeding programs ramp up as another pandemic summer nears

BY: - May 18, 2021

Marietta City Schools Nutrition Director Cindy Culver expects another surge of students queueing up for its free meals program soon in the second summer break of the pandemic. The district is one of Georgia school systems that child welfare organizations say provide a good example of the right way to ensure children get something into […]

Hearing airs wrenching stories of Black maternal suffering, mortality

BY: - May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — When U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri was pregnant with her first child, Zion, she saw a sign in her doctor’s office encouraging her to speak up about anything unusual she was feeling. She did so, telling her physician that she was having severe pains, but her concerns were swiftly dismissed. The doctor […]