Stories by Andy Miller

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Smoking affects millions in Ga.

ATLANTA -- Tobacco use -- the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States -- has a devastating impact in Georgia.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Bad health care news for school workers

ATLANTA -- The state agency that oversees the health care of almost 2.5 million Georgians has drawn sharp questioning over a budget proposal involving a small fraction of them.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Bill would tighten Ga. elder abuse law

ATLANTA -- Georgia legislators hope to close some loopholes in the state's elder abuse law with a bill that would boost law enforcement tools in fighting these crimes.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Ga. health exchange enrollment nears 400,000

ATLANTA -- Almost 400,000 Georgians are signed up for coverage in the 2015 health insurance exchange, federal officials announced Wednesday.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Will Ga. hospital group go to bat for Medicaid?

ATLANTA -- Unlike its counterparts in other states, the Georgia Hospital Association has not been seen as actively advocating for Medicaid expansion.
By Andy Miller

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

GA infant mortality sees sharp decline

ATLANTA — Georgia retained its ranking of 38th in a newly released 2014 state-by-state health report card. Southern states generally ranked at the bottom in the annual report by America’s ...
By Andy Miller

Blue Cross remains top pick in state health plan

More than 80 percent of State Health Benefit Plan members selected insurance plans from Blue Cross during its recent open enrollment.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Blue Cross state health plan favorite

ATLANTA -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia will remain the dominant insurer for the state's high-profile employee health plan.
By Andy Miller

Ga. health ranked 38th

ATLANTA -- Georgia retained its ranking of 38th in a newly released 2014 state-by-state health report card. Southern states generally ranked at the bottom in the annual report by America's Health ...
By Andy Miller

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Hospitals face readmission fines

ATLANTA -- Two-thirds of eligible Georgia hospitals will face Medicare fines for having too many patients return within a month for additional care, federal data show.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

State retiree provider dropping Medicare Advantage plan

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is dropping its Medicare Advantage plan for next year for retirees in the State Health Benefit Plan.
By Andy Miller

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Feds critical of Augusta's Gracewood

A federal agency has warned Georgia officials that it will end Medicaid payments to an Augusta facility for the developmentally disabled unless the state improves conditions there.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Ga. to regulate school candy fund-raisers?

ATLANTA - The state Board of Education will decide whether to give schools a series of exemptions that prohibits the sale of high-calorie sweets during fundraisers.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Comedian's death shows 'anybody can become suicidal,' health expert says

The death of comedian and actor Robin Williams shows how depression can devastate even someone with worldwide fame and success, mental health experts said.
By Andy Miller

Georgia Medicaid surge leads nation

Federal figures show Georgia's Medicaid and PeachCare enrollment jumped 16 percent since October; the highest percentage increase among states that rejected the expansion.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

Georgians not breastfeeding

ATLANTA -- Georgia still lags behind the national averages on infant breastfeeding rates.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Hospitals see change, crisis

ATLANTA -- The financial turmoil rocking Georgia's hospitals shows no signs of fading.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Feds to review Ga. Medicaid backlog

ATLANTA -- A federal agency will review Medicaid eligibility and enrollment processes in Georgia and six other states due to "a substantial backlog ... "
By Andy Miller

Monday, July 14, 2014

UnitedHealthcare to be fourth company to offer insurance in state exchange next year

ATLANTA -- UnitedHealthcare is the fourth health insurer seeking to offer insurance statewide in Georgia's exchange next year.
By Andy Miller

Friday, July 11, 2014

Georgia medicaid change delayed

ATLANTA -- A state health agency Thursday delayed approval of a change in the Medicaid eligibility system for people in long-term care whose incomes are above the government program's thresholds.
By Andy Miller
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