DECEMBER 14, 2017
Georgia parents worry about end of PeachCare insurance
PeachCare, which insures low to medium income families, could run out of federal funds as soon as January, according to Georgia Health News. READ MORE
Opinion: Here’s how to bring health care services to more Georgians (mentions MAG)
Barrow News Journal
If you get sick or badly injured in Georgia, you could find yourself slap out of luck if you live in one of the state’s rural counties. | READ MORE
UnitedHealth buys large doctors group as lines blur in health care
The New York Times
In another example of the blurring boundaries in the health care industry, UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest insurers, said on Wednesday that it is buying a large physician group to add to its existing roster of 30,000 doctors. | READ MORE
Girl has blunt message for Aetna after her brain surgery request was denied
Cara Pressman sobbed in the big red chair in her living room. The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. | READ MORE
Exchange enrollment in [Georgia] likely to fall short of previous total
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s ACA exchange enrollment for 2018 may fall far short of the current year’s totals, new federal figures show. | READ MORE
Brokers tout mix-and-match coverage to avoid high-cost ACA plans
Kaiser Health News
As the Affordable Care Act open-enrollment season moves into its final weeks, some consumers looking for lower-cost alternatives are considering a patchwork approach to health insurance. The products may secure some basic protection but leave patients on the hook for high medical bills. | READ MORE
Blue-ribbon panel urges stronger mental health services for Georgia kids
Georgia Health News
The landmark 2010 settlement agreement between Georgia and the Justice Department to improve mental health services in the state had one glaring gap. | READ MORE
Police better equipped to save lives (mentions MAG Foundation)
Valdosta Daily Times
The Valdosta Police Department is now in a better position to serve and protect. | READ MORE
Surgeons try prescribing fewer opioids to lower addiction risk
It may not be rocket science, but a group of surgeons at the University of Michigan has devised an approach to help curb the nation's opioid epidemic — starting at their own hospital. | READ MORE
Could probiotics protect kids from a downside of antibiotics?
It's a typical hectic morning at Michele Comisky's house in Vienna, Va., when she gets a knock on her front door. | READ MORE
HIV in America is increasingly a Southern problem
Georgia Health News
The numbers tell an alarming story: How the South is the U.S. epicenter of the HIV epidemic. | READ MORE
Got that shot yet? Flu season could be rough here, data show
Georgia Health News
This is flu season in Georgia and the South is shaping up to be harsher than the last one. | READ MORE
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