AUGUST 8, 2019
MAG Foundation to fund primary care scholarships at MCG
Albany Herald
The Medical Association Georgia Foundation announced last week that, beginning in 2020, it will fund a $10,000 scholarship each year for the next five years for a fourth-year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University who goes into a primary care specialty in Georgia. READ MORE
Health insurance premiums in 2020: flat for [Georgia] teachers, employees
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For the second year in a row, hundreds of thousands of Georgia teachers and state workers won’t see their health insurance premiums increase. But some retired teachers and employees on the State Health Benefit Plan could see their rates jump. READ MORE
Georgia medical marijuana expansion stalls amid ‘frustrating’ delay
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nearly four months after Gov. Brian Kemp signed a law allowing companies to grow and sell medical marijuana in Georgia for the first time, he and other top politicians still haven’t appointed members of the commission that will hash out the rules for dispensing the drug. | READ MORE
Opinion: Single-payer health care best choice for U.S., Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
I recently read a piece by an M.D. (The Hill, May 17), which advocated abolishing insurance and going back to a direct contracting model. A decade ago, I had an op-ed in the AJC opposite the head of the Georgia Medical Association who was making a similar case. | READ MORE
Opinion: Gov. Kemp’s right to pursue health care waiver
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Imagine you owned a widget factory. Making widgets has gotten more expensive, but you are unable to raise prices for the vast majority of your customers and lose money selling to them. Yet, the law requires you to sell a widget to anyone who wants one. | READ MORE
Opinion: Medicaid expansion remains best deal for Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A recent state-funded study reaffirmed what the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Georgians for a Healthy Future and other advocates have been saying for years: Georgia is in dire need of better solutions for health coverage. | READ MORE
Local pharmacist inspires patient-choice state law (references MAG)
Johns Creek Herald
Over the past year, Jennifer and Mike Shannon, owners of Lily’s Pharmacy in Johns Creek, have worked with state legislators to pass a law to prevent conflicts of interest in the pharmacy industry.   | READ MORE
Georgia has among highest hospital prices, new review suggests
Georgia Health News
A recently published analysis of hospital prices shows Georgia in the top third among 25 states studied. | READ MORE
Piedmont Healthcare bringing doctors to new north Henry medical office
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Piedmont Healthcare is bringing more doctors to the north end of Henry County. | READ MORE
[Gov. Brian] Kemp cuts ribbon at South Georgia medical school
Valdosta Daily Times
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine officials promised the opening of PCOM’s South Georgia campus marks the beginning of changes in rural health care. | READ MORE
Could Grady Hospital handle a mass shooting emergency situation?
11 Alive
The nation is in mourning after two communities in the U.S. deal with tragedies where gun violence erupted, killing and injuring dozens. | READ MORE
Five years later, Emory unit remains prepared for Ebola patients
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It was a startling image, seen around the world: a young American, encased in a biohazard suit, slowly walking out of an ambulance. On that cloudy day five years ago, Dr. Kent Brantly became the first Ebola patient to set foot on U.S. soil. | READ MORE
Live healthy and be well! Harmful effects of nicotine (written by MAG member Stephen Jarrard, M.D.)
Georgia Mountain Laurel
In this day and age, the dangers of tobacco smoking are well known. | READ MORE
Aetna deal begins to pay off for CVS
The News-Gazette
CVS Health swung back to a profit in the second quarter, thanks to an influx of health insurance revenue, and the company raised its 2019 forecast beyond Wall Street expectations. | READ MORE
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