Stories by Andy Miller

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

State seeking more choice in 2015 health plan

ATLANTA - State officials said Tuesday that they plan to increase the number of insurers and health plan options for state employees and teachers next year. The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) ...
By Andy Miller

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hospital provider fee unsettled

ATLANTA -- At stake is about $30 million in federal money for hospitals, according to the Department of Community Health, which runs Medicaid in the state.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ga. food stamp/ drug test fight looms

ATLANTA -- A bill that would require drug testing for some applicants for food stamps and welfare generated controversy and drew fierce opposition from Georgia Democrats.
By Andy Miller

Friday, March 14, 2014

Rural Ga. may get hospitals

ATLANTA -- Rural health care may get a needed boost under a proposed regulation change that would allow a hospital to downsize its services.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sign up, Sebelius tells Georgians

ATLANTA -- With just three weeks to go in open enrollment, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to Atlanta on Monday with a simple message about the health insurance ...
By Andy Miller

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bill nudges HIV patients into treatment

ATLANTA -- More than half of Georgians with HIV are not currently in treatment, health officials say, but a Senate bill aims to bring thousands more of these patients into care.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Program targets HIV in black women

Georgia has one of the nation’s highest rates of HIV, the virus that can develop into AIDS, and many of those infected are African-American women.
By Andy Miller

Medicaid, PeachCare enrollment stalls

ATLANTA -- More than 50,000 uninsured Georgians have been assessed as eligible for Medicaid or PeachCare coverage through the enrollment process for the health insurance exchange.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

State workers await coverage change

Teachers, state employees and other members of the SHBP will get new ID cards, said Morgan Kendrick, president of Blue Cross, the state's largest health insurer, in an interview with GHN.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Bill alters Georgia health boards

ATLANTA - The 26 community boards that offer services to Georgians with behavioral health problems and developmental disabilities would face new oversight under a state Senate bill introduced this ...
By Andy Miller

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Drug thefts rise as 'pill mills' close

Pharmacy officials link drug thefts with Georgia's recent success in cracking down on the scourge of "pill mills'' in the state.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Ga. alters state health plans

ATLANTA -- A state agency offered some financial relief to state employees and teachers Monday by approving changes in their health plan at a specially called board meeting.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Health plan critics see cause for hope

A leader of a group of state employees and teachers critical of their health plan choices said Friday that she welcomed Gov. Nathan Deal’s suggestion that their options may increase next year.
By Andy Miller

Georgia may track Alzheimer's

ATLANTA -- A Georgia Senate panel unanimously passed separate bills that would move the state's aging services into a new agency and would track the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and other ...
By Andy Miller

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Exchange enrollment in Georgia

Georgia’s enrollment in the insurance exchange in December reached a level that was almost surprising, given the state’s anemic figure of a month before.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

Following the money in tobacco

Fifteen years ago, Georgia and other states settled lawsuits against the nation’s major tobacco companies to recover tobacco-related health costs. Total payments for the states were huge – ...
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Affordable Care Act tops state's health stories

Georgia health care had more than its share of drama and surprises in 2013.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Hunger at Thanksgiving: A problem for too many Georgians

Thanksgiving is a time when most Americans enjoy a great feast. But even as the focus this week is on eating and fellowship, there’s a concern that an increasing number of people in Georgia ...
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Top Medicare official says law is boon for seniors

Principal deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Jonathan Blum has a positive message to deliver about the ACA and its effect on the Medicare program, which ...
By Andy Miller

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

What do med students learn in the ER? Valuable lessons indeed

Emergency medicine is unique.
By Andy Miller