FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Georgia lawmakers to tackle ‘surprise’ medical billing to patients (features MAG president)
Gwinnett Daily Post
Two state lawmakers have introduced separate bills in the General Assembly to prevent these surprise bills. Other states, including Florida, recently have passed legislation to address the problem. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Senate bill aims to tackle painkiller overuse, abuse (features MAG president)
The Telegraph
At the state Capitol, some new legislation is taking aim at the use and abuse of the strong painkillers that lead to addiction for some Georgians. | READ MORE
Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/article129678564.html#storylink=cpy READ MORE
Without Dems, committee advances [Rep. Price HHS] nomination
U.S. News and World Report
Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee pushed President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary through to the full Senate on Wednesday, bypassing Democrats who were boycotting the vote for the second day in a row. | READ MORE
First hearing held [in Georgia] for bill to give more access to medical cannabis
The Telegraph
Nearly a dozen Georgians testified before a state House panel in favor of a proposal to broaden access to the state’s medical cannabis registry. A vote on the idea could come as early as next week. | READ MORE
Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/article130172104.html#storylink=cp| READ MORE
Georgians battling for cannabis oil willing to break law
11 Alive
The controversial fight to expand Georgia’s medical marijuana law got off the ground at the state capitol Wednesday.The goal for supporters is to allow more patients to use a low THC cannabis oil. | READ MORE
Political uncertainty adds to challenges of rural hospitals [in Georgia]
Georgia Health News
With repeal of the Affordable Care Act looming, the health care world is buffeted by an unusual level of uncertainty. | READ MORE
South Georgia ER that helped tornado victims faces shutdown
Terry England, the powerful chairman of Georgia’s House Appropriations Committee, was sitting in his church Sunday morning when he started getting the texts. Tornadoes had just ripped through South Georgia. And victims were headed to an emergency room — one whose closure was announced that same week.| READ MORE
Republican states look to customize Medicaid expansion, not eliminate it
News Chief
As candidates two years ago, the Republican governors of Kentucky and Arkansas swore they would do away with "Obamacare" if elected. But a funny thing happened between the campaign trail and the governor's mansion: Reality set in. | READ MORE
Physician survey shows broad opposition to wholesale Obamacare repeal
A survey of doctors shows overwhelming opposition to the effort by President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. | READ MORE
Talk of repeal sends people running to, and from, Affordable Care Act
The New York Times
A flurry of actions by President Trump and Congress against the Affordable Care Act injected confusion and uncertainty into the final weeks of the annual period to sign up for coverage, and many, but not all, enrollment groups were reporting a drop in people seeking insurance as the deadline loomed on Tuesday. | READ MORE
CDC’s canceled climate change conference is back on – thanks to Al Gore
The Washington Post
It turns out there will be a conference in Atlanta next month about climate change and its effects on public health. It just won’t have the federal government behind it. | READ MORE
Emory Healthcare provided $72.3 million in charity care in FY 2015-2016
Emory News Center
In fiscal year 2015-2016, Emory Healthcare provided $72.3 million in charity care. "Charity care" includes indigent care for patients with no health insurance, not even Medicaid or Medicare, and no resources of their own. | READ MORE
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