MAY 28, 2020
[Georgia] Budget cuts for mental health, disabilities alarm patient advocates
Georgia Health News
Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the agency that oversees mental health and substance abuse services, gave that stark assessment in January to state legislators who were considering budget cuts to her department. Now, even deeper cuts are on the table. READ MORE
Milledgeville nursing homes fuel city’s high COVID death rate
Georgia Health News
A former capital city of Georgia, once known for its sprawling state mental hospital as well as its historic sites, now has other care facilities in the spotlight. | READ MORE
In Atlanta, [Vice President] Pence calls Georgia’s reopening an ‘example to the nation’
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Vice President Mike Pence on Friday praised Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia restaurant owners who have reopened their establishments in recent weeks, lending a high-level dose of support to state leaders who have been criticized for ending pandemic restrictions too soon. | READ MORE
Five questions for five candidates (features Georgia State Senate candidate W. Scott Bohlke, M.D)
Metter Advertiser
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, candidates for the State Senate District 4 Seat, previously occupied by Jack Hill, have been unable to campaign in traditional fashion here in Candler County. Last week, Metter Advertiser reached out to the candidates via email to get their thoughts on issues and concerns directly related to Candler County. | READ MORE
First deadlines for laid-off workers to get health insurance
Associated Press
Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. | READ MORE
Commentary: [Georgia] Virus data reporting needs a reboot
Georgia Health News
In a new GHN Commentary, Aaron Levine, a Georgia Tech public policy professor, writes that the state should revamp its COVID data reporting. | READ MORE
Commentary: Fix hospital business models before next crisis
Georgia Health News
As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in the U.S., we need to reflect upon how hospitals initially responded to the crisis, and how market forces may have made them more vulnerable. | READ MORE
Medicaid providers increasingly frustrated by delays in COVID-19 funding
The Hill
Health care providers that primarily treat the poor, children and people with disabilities are getting left out of the COVID-19 aid being issued by the Trump administration, frustrating advocates who worry about the future of the Medicaid safety net. | READ MORE
White House bids for 'surprise' billing fix ahead of next rescue package
The White House is renewing a push to end “surprise” medical bills – possibly as part of the next coronavirus rescue package – in a bid to deliver on protecting insured patients from sometimes staggering costs of emergency or out-of-network care. | READ MORE
Nearly half of Americans delayed medical care due to pandemic
Kaiser Health News
The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 48 percent of Americans said they or a family member has skipped or delayed medical care because of the pandemic, and 11% of them said the person’s condition worsened as a result of the delayed care. | READ MORE
Antibody tests for COVID-19 wrong up to half the time, CDC says
Antibody tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with COVID-19 might be wrong up to half the time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance posted on its website. | READ MORE
Gilead study shows shorter five-day course of remdesivir works as well as 10-day one
Gilead Sciences Inc, which has suggested that a shorter treatment duration could extend limited supplies of its drug remdesivir, on Wednesday published results of a study showing no significant difference in outcomes between 5- and 10-day courses of the drug for patients with severe COVID-19. | READ MORE
Big pharmacy chains also fed the opioid epidemic, court filing says
New York Times
A new court filing Wednesday morning asserts that pharmacies including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Giant Eagle as well as those operated by Walmart were as complicit in perpetuating the crisis as the manufacturers and distributors of the addictive drugs. | READ MORE
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