Stories by Andy Miller

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Study: Georgia tobacco control efforts flunk

ATLANTA -- Georgia received three F's and one C in the latest American Lung Association assessment of states' tobacco control efforts, released this week.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

PeachCare, Medicaid data breached

ATLANTA -- A health insurer's data breach has affected 148,334 Georgians on Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids, state officials say.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Report shows infant death increase

ATLANTA -- A state report on Georgia child deaths in 2014 points to a persistent problem: More than 30 percent of the fatalities reviewed were sleep-related.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Lawmaker blasts dental group over hygienist bill

The chairman of a Georgia House committee blasted the Georgia Dental Association on Tuesday for what she called the group’s unwillingness to discuss a bill to let dental hygienists practice in ...
By Andy Miller

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Rural hospital struggles continue

Another rural hospital announces that its closing its doors after steep financial losses. Employees will be laid off. Patients will have to travel farther to get hospital care.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Medicaid expansion splits lawmakers

ATLANTA -- A bipartisan panel of state lawmakers voiced agreement Thursday on at least a couple of health care issues.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Ga. health care costs need limits, Deal says

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday that health care spending continues to burden Georgia's budget, and he signaled that his longtime opposition to expanding the state's Medicaid program ...
By Andy Miller

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Young Georgians sign up for health care

ATLANTA -- Nearly 30 percent of Georgians who signed up for insurance exchange coverage for 2016 are ages 18 to 34, a higher percentage than the national average.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

Hospital consolidation 2015 trend

Hospital consolidation was among the top 10 health-related news stories in Georgia this year
By Andy Miller

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Feds to investigate Waycross cancer mystery

A federal agency that investigates hazardous substances has accepted a community petition to investigate possible environmental links to cancers in the Waycross area.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Judge demands Ga. move on mental health action

A federal judge has told state officials and the U.S. Department of Justice to speed up efforts to reach agreement on improving Georgia's system for people with mental illness and developmental ...
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Bonuses OK'd for pediatric performance

ATLANTA -- A pediatric network has inked its first major contract with a health insurer that will pay the doctors based on incentives in meeting quality-of-care standards.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Rural Ga. hospital loses fight to stay open

ATLANTA -- Hutcheson Medical Center closed its doors to patients Friday morning, after being unable to strike a deal to avoid a shutdown.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Judge keeps suit against certificate of need laws alive

A Fulton County judge Wednesday rejected a state motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two ob/gyns to overturn Georgia's health care regulatory process.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Shock as Mayo Clinic cuts loose Ga. hospital

Mayo Clinic's startling decision to pull out of its "integration agreement'' with Satilla Health Services has left the South Georgia hospital with an uncertain future.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Another Ga. hospital set to close

A rural hospital in northwest Georgia, burdened by a heavy debt load and large financial losses, is set to close Dec. 4.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Telemedicine boon to rural Hancock

SPARTA, Ga. -- While health care across rural Georgia has many shortcomings, Hancock County has languished at the more desperate end.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

More Georgia kids insured as ACA takes hold

ATLANTA -- The number of uninsured children in Georgia dropped by nearly 50,000 after the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, a new report has found.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Health care enrollment slows

ATLANTA -- Federal health officials are predicting little growth in sign-ups as Year Three of open enrollment for the health insurance exchanges begins Sunday.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Feds: Beware spooky contacts

ATLANTA -- Adding decorative contact lenses to a Halloween costume may have some scary health effects, federal officials warn.
By Andy Miller
 
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