MARCH 30, 2017
Nonprofit insurer jumps into Georgia Medicaid market
Georgia Health News
A new insurer in Georgia, CareSource, currently has zero enrollees.But starting July 1, it will suddenly have at least 200,000 people in its health plan here. | READ MORE
Georgia to explore Medicaid changes after GOP health plan’s implosion
Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday his administration is exploring changes to Georgia’s Medicaid program after a sweeping Republican overhaul of the Affordable Care Act was scuttled in a stunning rebuke to Donald Trump and Congressional leaders. | READ MORE
A prescription for looking beyond Obamacare [for Georgia]
Georgia Health News
This week marks seven years since Obamacare was signed into law. Leading up to the passage of the 2,700-page legislation, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Although much has been made of Pelosi’s dismissive remarks, it’s true that it took years for Obamacare to take root. The prognosis is now painfully clear: Obamacare is failing Georgia. | READ MORE
Grady, other hospitals are relieved at bill's fate
Georgia Health News
The state’s hospital industry is breathing easier after U.S. House leaders pulled their health care proposal before a scheduled vote Friday.
Suburban counties still Georgia's healthiest
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s suburbs continue to dominate the rankings of the state’s healthiest counties. | READ MORE
Pence casts tiebreaking Senate vote on funding for abortion providers
The Hill
Vice President Pence on Thursday cast a tie-breaking procedural vote that allowed the Senate to move forward with an effort to nix an Obama-era rule that blocked states from defunding health care providers for political reasons. | READ MORE
Justice Department joins lawsuit alleging massive Medicare fraud by UnitedHealth
Kaiser Health News
The Justice Department has joined a California whistleblower’s lawsuit that accuses insurance giant UnitedHealth Group of fraud in its popular Medicare Advantage health plans. | READ MORE
Who’s who in the race to fill the state Senate seat in east Cobb (mentions MAG member Robert Wiskind, M.D.)
Tom Price’s ascension from congressman to health and human services secretary set off a domino effect that’s playing out most prominently in Cobb and Fulton counties. | READ MORE
Telehealth doctor visits may be handy, but aren't cheaper overall
Telehealth takes a lot of forms these days. Virtual visits with a health care provider can take place by video, phone or text, or via the Web or a mobile app. The one commonality: You get to consult a doctor from your home, the office, Starbucks or anywhere with a Wi-Fi or mobile connection.  | READ MORE
Childhood exposure to lead can blunt IQ for decades, study suggests
Exposure to lead as a child can affect an adult decades later, according to a study out Tuesday that suggests a link between early childhood lead exposure and a dip in a person's later cognitive ability and socioeconomic status. | READ MORE
Dying patients want easier access to experimental drugs. Here's why experts say that's bad medicine
The LA Times
Former firefighter Mike DeBartoli is a man desperate to rescue himself. He suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the degenerative nerve disorder better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which usually kills within five years. He has already spent one year in a clinical trial, taking four pills a day that may have been a placebo. It didn’t help. | READ MORE
The forces driving middle-aged white people's 'deaths of despair'
In 2015, when researchers Anne Case and Angus Deaton discovered that death rates had been rising dramatically since 1999 among middle-aged white Americans, they weren't sure why people were dying younger, reversing decades of longer life expectancy. | READ MORE
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