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Medicare beneficiaries will see their Part B premiums decrease in 2023, the first time in more than a decade that the tab will be lower than the year before, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Tuesday.

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ATLANTA – Georgians who are members of two large Medicare Advantage plans may face a tougher time getting cataract surgery – a routine eye procedure for older people. That’s because Aetna and Humana now require doctors in Georgia to get prior approval for cataract removal for Medicare Advantage enrollees.  Georgia eye doctors say the requirements […]

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ATLANTA – The state will funnel $130 million in federal COVID relief funds to Grady Memorial Hospital to help offset the impact of the looming closure of WellStar’s Atlanta Medical Center (AMC), Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday. The Republican governor and two Atlanta-area Democratic leaders addressed how Georgia’s capital city will cope with the closure […]

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ATLANTA – Both COVID and monkeypox rates are starting to decline in Georgia, the state’s chief science officer said Tuesday during an update to the state Board of Public Health.

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ATLANTA – Two Georgia veterans lent their support this week to the use of the psychedelic drug psilocybin in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Following multiple combat deployments, Ethan Whitfield and Marcus Capone traveled outside of the U.S. for counseling and treatment of their PTSD with psilocybin after standard drugs failed to treat their severe […]

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ATLANTA — Many rural Georgia counties lack easy access to methadone clinics, according to a new study by a University of Georgia (UGA) team.  Methadone is a “gold standard of opioid addiction treatments,” according to study author and UGA health economist Jayani Jayawardhana.   Methadone helps people quit addictions to drugs like heroin, oxycodone and […]

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ATLANTA— A juvenile court must reevaluate the sincerity of parents’ objections to their children’s vaccinations, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.   At issue is whether children in temporary state custody can be immunized with routine childhood vaccines over their parents’ religious objections – and how to decide if those objections are sincere or not. […]

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ATLANTA – A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families has found that about 20% of Georgia women of childbearing age are uninsured.   The rate of uninsured women between 18 and 44 years old is one of the highest in the country, putting Georgia in 46th place on a national […]

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ATLANTA – Lawyers for abortion-rights groups asked a state judge Monday to temporarily block Georgia’s new abortion law. The law – which bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected – took effect in July. Initially approved by the General Assembly in 2019, it had been under legal challenge in federal courts. Last month, […]

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ATLANTA – Nearly 600 cases of monkeypox have been identified in Georgia since the disease first showed up in the Peach State at the beginning of June, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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ATLANTA— Georgia has a “golden opportunity” to transform its behavioral health system building on reforms adopted during this year’s legislative session, an alliance of mental-health organizations reported Monday. The Georgia Mental Health Policy Partnership, a coalition of more than 50 groups, released a new set of policy recommendations during a news conference at the state […]

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ATHENS — Four graduates of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are among the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2022.

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Twice each year, I do a “From the Mailbag” column, serving up your comments, questions, and corrections. You might think this is an easy way to fill space during a week in which I am actually on vacation. You would be right about that.

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ATLANTA — Both sides in Georgia’s abortion fight have laid out new legal arguments in the wake of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the procedure.

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More than 700 people attended the three-hour event, which was co-staged by the Daily Post, Live Healthy Gwinnett and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and highlighted family health, education and back-to-school preparedness.

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ATLANTA – Monkeypox vaccines from the federal government began arriving in Georgia Friday, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) announced. The 3,000 Jynneos vaccines received so far are enough to vaccinate 1,500 people, agency spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said. A full vaccination requires two doses 28 days apart.   So far, 93 people with confirmed […]

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After months of disputes, Northside Hospital officials and their counterparts at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have reached an agreement to ensure the insurance provider's customers will be covered if they receive medical care at one of Northside's campuses.

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ATLANTA – The federal government is releasing monkeypox vaccine to Georgia in a phased approach. The state will receive 5,943 doses of the Jynneos vaccine from the Strategic National Stockpile during the first two phases, Dr. Alexander Millman, chief medical officer for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), told the agency’s board Tuesday. The DPH […]

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ATLANTA – Georgia’s new mental health parity law takes effect Friday, July 1. Under the state’s new mental health parity law, Georgia health insurers must cover mental health treatment at the same level they cover physical ailments “Parity kicks in immediately,” Rep. Todd Jones, R-South Forsyth, said about the new law’s July 1 start date. […]

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The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Health Departments are shortening their name — but they are leaving a trace of the identities of the three counties that make up the health district in the new moniker.

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ATLANTA — Georgia’s “heartbeat law” banning abortions after the first six weeks won’t take effect until at least mid-July despite last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the procedure.

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