FEBRUARY 21, 2019
Senate panel backs waiver bill to insure more Georgians
Georgia Health News
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed legislation Tuesday to allow Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue health care waivers from the federal government. READ MORE
Extension of hospital provider fee advancing swiftly through [Georgia] House
Georgia Health News
In a normal year for health care legislation, House Bill 321 would have attracted a ton of attention at the state Capitol. | READ MORE
Georgia hospitals’ unity fractures on big-ticket legislative battle
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The biggest political battle in the 2019 legislative session may be the knotty struggle over a state hospital regulation, certificate of need, or CON. And it has now claimed a big casualty: The Georgia Hospital Association’s unity is cracking. | READ MORE
Obamacare sign-up for Georgia counties hit by hurricane about to end
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Open enrollment for 2019 insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act’s exchange market is over Wednesday for all locations in Georgia. | READ MORE
Government headed for close to half of nation’s health tab
Associated Press
Even without a history-making health care remake to deliver “Medicare-for-all,” government at all levels will be paying nearly half the nation’s health care tab in less than 10 years, according to a federal report released Wednesday. | READ MORE
Georgia launches new app for mental health counseling
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State health officials launched a new mobile app Thursday that offers free and confidential access to people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and other issues. | READ MORE
Medical College of Georgia proposes program to bring more doctors to rural areas
WSAV
Thousands of Georgians are forced to drive to another county or even farther to find a doctor. That's because of the lack of physicians in some rural areas of the state. Now one medical school is proposing a program that could remedy that. | READ MORE
[Georgia] lawmakers push to legalize needle exchanges
WABE
State lawmakers want to slow the spread of viruses such as HIV and hepatitis C by making needle exchanges legal in Georgia. | READ MORE
This Life with Gracie: Why Atlanta is still struggling with rising new HIV diagnoses
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
So, how is it cities the size of San Francisco and New York are able to virtually wipe out new HIV cases, but Atlanta isn’t? | READ MORE
Sandy Springs lawmaker aims to make best HIV meds more available
Northwest Georgia News
A local legislator has introduced a bill that would allow HIV-positive patients on Medicaid to get the most effective medications and could be voted on by the Georgia House of Representatives as early as Tuesday. | READ MORE
Emory gets $65 million donation for new health facility
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Emory University has received a big check - $65 million that will be used to build a third Rollins School of Public Health building on its campus, officials announced Wednesday. | READ MORE
Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame
Associated Press
Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. | READ MORE
Kaiser Permanente will waive medical school tuition through 2024
Fortune
Kaiser Permanente will open a new medical school in 2020 that, at least initially, could save prospective doctors boatloads of cash. | READ MORE
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