JANUARY 11, 2018
Bill would require hands-free phone technology for Georgia drivers
Hoping to stem rising traffic fatalities on Georgia highways, state lawmakers Wednesday unveiled a proposal to require drivers to use hands-free cell-phone technology. READ MORE
5 issues to watch in the legislature (mentions MAG, quotes MAG’s president)
The Gainesville Times
Two in five residents of Stewart County in rural Southwest Georgia live in poverty. In middle Georgia’s Telfair County, almost 1 in 3 residents is poor. This legislative session, state lawmakers will ask what they can do about it. | READ MORE
Task force proposing two new centers to boost Georgia health care
Georgia Health News
Acting on the first day of the 2018 Georgia General Assembly session, a task force of state lawmakers approved recommendations Monday to create two centers that its leaders say will develop data and solutions to improve health care in Georgia. | READ MORE
Georgia paid twice for care of some Medicaid patients
Georgia’s mistakes led the state and federal governments to make duplicate payments for care of some Medicaid patients, a new audit says. Now, Georgia is being asked to refund the federal government’s share of the duplicate payments — more than $665,000. | READ MORE
Running on empty: CHIP funding could run out January 19 for some states
Kaiser Health News
Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday. | READ MORE
Flu season is 3x worse this year; children specifically vulnerable
11 Alive
The flu season is three times worse than this time last year and it continues to go from bad to worse all across the country. | READ MORE
‘Net neutrality’ furor extends to telemedicine and rural health care
Georgia Health News
The federal decision to end “net neutrality’’ rules has sparked concerns about potential damage to rural health care. | READ MORE
Woodruff Foundation to give $400 million to Emory
Georgia Health News
The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has pledged $400 million for Emory health care initiatives in what would be the largest gift to the historic Atlanta university. | READ MORE
Study finds 68 percent of people who try cigarettes end up as daily smokers
It doesn’t take much to become a smoker. Just one cigarette can lead to daily smoking, according to a new report. | READ MORE
A seven-step plan for ending the opioid crisis
The opioid epidemic is now a full-blown national crisis, yet the federal government continues to dawdle. President Donald Trump declared opioid addiction a public health emergency, and he talks a tough game. But he has not taken forceful action. If he will not lead, Congress must -- and now, before the crisis grows even worse. | READ MORE
How big tech is going after your health care
The New York Times
When Daniel Poston, a second-year medical student in Manhattan, opened the App Store on his iPhone a couple of weeks ago, he was astonished to see an app for a new heart study prominently featured. | READ MORE
Doctor says letting kids play football should be considered child abuse
The prominent doctor who inspired the movie “Concussion” told Channel 2 Action News that someday, parents allowing their children to play football will be considered child abuse. | READ MORE
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