Stories by Andy Miller

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016

Large number of Georgia children can’t get dental care, researcher says

A Georgia Tech researcher said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Georgia children have problems getting access to a dentist in the state.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Medicaid expansion would help Georgia mental health, drug patients

ATLANTA - Expanding the state's Medicaid program could bring tens of thousands of low-income Georgia into treatment for mental health and substance use problems, federal officials say.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Georgia flu season not done yet

ATLANTA -- Hospitals across the state are seeing an uptick in flu cases, and public health officials say the illness has now become widespread in Georgia.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Bill aims to erase errors in insurers' directories

Open enrollment can bring a big decision for consumers: Which health coverage plan do I choose? And much of that decision is based on whether the consumer's favorite doctor or hospital is part of ...
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bill creating tax credits for rural care donations fails

ATLANTA -- A Senate health committee Monday unexpectedly rejected a bill that would allow an individual or corporation to get a state tax credit for donating money to a rural health care organization.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Drug probe at Emory Hospital

ATLANTA -- Two pharmacy employees at Emory University Hospital Midtown illegally diverted more than 1 million doses of controlled drugs in a scheme that lasted more than four years, according to a ...
By Andy Miller

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Georgia Medicaid contract upheld

ATLANTA -- A state agency has rejected the protests of three losing bidders over the state's selection of vendors for a multibillion-dollar Medicaid and PeachCare contract.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Georgia health care controversy

ATLANTA -- After two contentious hearings, a Georgia House health committee recently approved a bill that would allow dental hygienists to practice in safety-net settings without a dentist present.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

Tax credits to boost rural health care

ATLANTA -- The Georgia House passed a bill Thursday that would allow an individual or corporation to get a state tax credit for donating money to a rural health care organization.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Lawmakers debate hospital certificate of need bill

ATLANTA -- A bill just introduced in the General Assembly would scrap the state's current health care regulatory apparatus, known as certificate of need.
By Andy Miller

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Augusta study points to secondhand smoke as threat to kids

Exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with a larger waist and poorer cognition in children, an Augusta University study has found.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

No vendors yet for Ga. health contracts

ATLANTA -- Last fall, three losing bidders filed a protest over Georgia’s selection of vendors for a Medicaid and PeachCare contract. More than four months later, the state review has not ...
By Andy Miller

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Augusta University study points to secondhand smoke as threat to kids

Exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with a larger waist and poorer cognition in children, an Augusta University study has found.
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
 
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