JUNE 27, 2019
Senate panel approves health cost bill but plans changes
MSN News
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday approved, 20-3, legislation meant to lower health care costs, although senators suggested that more changes are likely before the floor debate next month. | READ MORE
State to reinstate Medicaid benefits to Georgians who lost them
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The state Department of Community Health will reinstate the Medicaid benefits of 17,000 poor elderly or disabled people it cut off in a mass disenrollment this month. | READ MORE
Cut in payments to Georgia health plan worries teachers, retirees
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Kemp administration saved the state and local school districts about $235 million this month by having them skip premium payments into the health insurance plan for about 650,000 Georgia teachers, state employees, retirees and their dependents. | READ MORE
Abrams says waiver effort won’t fix Georgia’s health care problems
Georgia Health News
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams told reporters Wednesday that Georgia’s proposed health care waivers are “shortsighted’’ and will leave hundreds of thousands without health insurance. | READ MORE
Consultant’s application suggests goals for Georgia health care waivers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The consultant working to devise Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care “waivers” said early on that it expected Georgia to craft work incentives for people covered by its Medicaid program, according to documents released by Kemp’s office. | READ MORE
[Lt. Gov] Duncan urges culture of transparency in health care
Georgia Health News
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan told journalists Tuesday that he wants to see transparency on quality of medical care as much as on medical prices. | READ MORE
Gridlock Guy: Distracted driving crackdown about reinforcement, not revenue
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Since the enactment of the Hands-Free Georgia Act last July, Georgia has seen roadway fatalities at least slightly decrease from 2017 to 2018. | READ MORE
7th measles case confirmed in Georgia from unvaccinated traveler
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The state has confirmed one more case of measles in Georgia, of a metro Atlantan diagnosed after traveling overseas. The person was unvaccinated. | READ MORE
FDA proposes tighter opioid rules that would make new drugs less addictive
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to tighten the rules for opioid manufacturers by requiring new drugs to be less addictive. | READ MORE
Opioid epidemic: Huge funding boost needed to close treatment gap
AMA Wire
The nation’s opioid epidemic is worsening as policy, regulatory and especially insurance barriers continue to block access to treatment, AMA President-elect Susan R. Bailey, MD, told Congress. | READ MORE
Emory, expanding, hires new hospital CEO from South Carolina
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Emory University Hospital has hired a new CEO. Starting Aug. 19, Matt Wain will oversee the university’s flagship hospital as well as Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods. | READ MORE
CDC committee to decide whether to continue recommending vaccine for seniors
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet this Wednesday, June 26, in Atlanta and consider whether to continue recommending pneumococcal vaccines for Americans age 65 and older. | READ MORE
New concerns after e-cigarette explosion breaks 17-year-old’s jaw
NBC News
A 17-year-old was using an e-cigarette when it suddenly blew up in his face. The force of the blow was so powerful that it broke his jaw bone. The explosion could be linked to lithium batteries overheating inside the vape device. | READ MORE
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