Skip to main content
featured
  • 0

Two health-care players embroiled in a legal controversy that could affect hundreds of thousands of Georgians’ health care faced off in state Supreme Court Tuesday.   Lawyers for Anthem, a large health insurance company, and Northside, an Atlanta hospital system, debated the meaning of “public health emergency” and jurisdiction over legal appeals. The dispute is […]

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA – Georgia’s hotel industry will receive by far the largest chunk of more than $415 million in federal pandemic relief grants announced by Gov. Brian Kemp Monday. The Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association (GHLA) will get $150 million to help offset the losses hotels across the state have sustained during the pandemic. The GHLA […]

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a bill that modernizes some of Georgia’s rules around HIV-status disclosure. Under the prior law, any person living with HIV who did not disclose positive HIV status prior to a sexual act could face a felony charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison, according to Georgia Equality, […]

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Public Health discussed increasing fentanyl overdose deaths, COVID rates, and a mysterious hepatitis outbreak among children at its monthly meeting Tuesday. Fentanyl-involved overdose deaths in Georgia increased 218% from 2019 to 2021, said epidemiologist Dr. Laura Edison. That drastic increase represents 1,248 deaths in a two-year-period. Fentanyl, a synthetic […]

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Thursday creating a task force to look for ways to grow the ranks of Georgia’s health-care workforce. The 15-member Healthcare Workforce Commission will focus on shortages plaguing a wide range of health-care professions including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and emergency medical personnel. Kemp’s executive order cites […]

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA – The out-of-pocket cost of prescription drugs covered through Medicare would be capped at $2,000 a year under legislation introduced into the U.S. Senate by Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga. More than 1.2 million senior citizens paid more than $2,000 for prescription drugs in 2019. “Our country should never allow for our seniors to have […]

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation Monday aimed at pulling Georgia off the bottom among state rankings for access to mental-health services.

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA — The General Assembly gave final passage Wednesday to an overhaul of the state’s mental health-care delivery system praised as “transformative” by one legislative supporter.

featured
  • 0

The day that fourth-year medical students work toward from their first day of orientation took place last week. Known as Match Day, this date in mid-March that compares to the baseball draft, but traditionally falls in the midst of basketball’s March Madness, is the day students learn where …

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA – Georgia’s insurance department has fined Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield $5 million for several violations of state law following a months-long investigation. “This examination uncovered a number of serious issues, including improper claims settlement practices, violations of the Prompt Pay Act, failure to reply to consumer complaints in a timely manner, inaccurate provider directories, […]

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA — State agencies, local governments and local schools could not require Georgians to get a COVID-19 vaccination to receive government services or access government facilities under legislation that cleared the state House of Representatives Tuesday.

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA – A state Senate committee approved its version of an overhaul of Georgia’s mental-health system Monday with some changes from legislation the House passed three weeks ago but with key provisions intact. House Bill 1013 was introduced by House Speaker David Ralston as a response to Georgia’s dismal 48th ranking among the states in […]

featured
  • 0

A spike that was seen in Gwinnett County's seven-day COVID case averages a week ago did not amount to much of anything in the end, as all signs since then continue to point to an ongoing decline in cases in the county.

featured
  • 0

Today, medical cannabis has been legalized in 37 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. As a result, an estimated two to three million patients are receiving treatment with the drug for condit…

featured
  • 0

People living in northeast Georgia are one step closer to having improved access to more life-saving and life-changing care, as Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) officially broke ground to build a new, multi-story tower in Gainesville this week, hospital officials said.

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA — The Georgia House and Senate passed separate bills Tuesday aimed at restarting a medical marijuana program that has been sidetracked by a dispute over the awarding of licenses to produce low-THC cannabis oil.

  • 0

ATLANTA — After years of nibbling around the edges of regulations governing how Georgia hospitals operate, the General Assembly may decide to scrap the Certificate of Need (CON) law altogether.

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA – The Georgia House of Representatives Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive overhaul of a mental health-care system rated among the worst in the nation. “Mental health touches almost every family in Georgia,” House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who has made the bill his top priority this year, told lawmakers before the 169-3 vote. […]

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA — Women in Georgia would be prohibited from obtaining abortion-inducing drugs through the mail without seeing a doctor under legislation that cleared the state Senate Tuesday.

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA – Bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services in Georgia got its first hearing in the General Assembly Wednesday. The 75-page Mental Health Parity Act would require health insurance companies to treat mental illness in the same way they treat physical illness. The parity provision also would […]

featured
  • 0

The new case numbers for COVID-19 show community spread of the disease continues to drop significantly — and quickly — in Gwinnett County, according to numbers released by the Georgia Department of Public Health on Monday.

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA - Georgia's court system continues to suffer from case backlogs brought on by the coronavirus pandemic two years ago, David Nahmias, chief justice of the state Supreme Court, said Tuesday.

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA – New mothers in Georgia could receive health coverage through Medicaid for up to a year after giving birth, up from the current six months, under legislation that cleared the state Senate unanimously. Gov. Brian Kemp backs the measure and included $28.2 million in his fiscal 2023 budget proposal to pay for it. Expanding […]

featured
  • 0

ATLANTA – Letting first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) collect workers’ compensation to pay for their treatment would ensure mental illness is treated the same as physical injury, supporters told Georgia lawmakers Wednesday. But the fate of House Bill 855 remained uncertain after Rep. Bill Werkheiser, R-Glennville, chairman of the House Industry & Labor […]

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

Most Popular


Newspaper Ads

Online Poll

POLL: May is National Egg Month. How do you like your eggs prepared?

This is not a scientific poll — results reflect only the opinions of those voting.

You voted:

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

All alerts