GHN update: How a young mom left Georgia to help her disabled son

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Avoiding tragedies: Police try to make the world safer for dementia patients

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Want medical wishes carried out? You may need a POLST

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‘Catastrophic’ policies part of sweeteners in latest health care bill
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Director who steered DFCS through crisis leaving for Calif. post
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‘Catastrophic’ policies part of sweeteners in latest health care bill

For most people, the biggest attraction in the bipartisan health care bill in the Senate is the renewal of federal cost-sharing payments to insurers, which President Trump recently cut off. Approval could help stabilize the exchange markets now jolted by impending price hikes.

But individuals ages 30 to 64 who earn too much money to get a subsidy in the insurance exchanges – and who don’t get job-based coverage – may be interested in a lower-profile item in the legislation.

The Senate bill would expand the use of so-called “catastrophic’’ health plans for individuals. Currently only ...

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Director who steered DFCS through crisis leaving for Calif. post

Bobby Cagle, who as DFCS director is credited with stabilizing the long-troubled state agency, is departing for a child welfare position in Los Angeles.

He is being replaced by the agency’s chief of staff, Virginia Pryor, who will be interim DFCS director, the governor’s office announced this week.

Cagle will depart to lead the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services on Nov. 10.

A former caseworker himself, Cagle took over the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services as interim director in 2014.

The agency was plagued by job vacancies, high turnover, low morale, and huge workloads for its caseworkers. And the ...

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More insured people stuck with inadequate coverage, report finds

For many people in this country, October kicks off Open Enrollment season to sign up for health benefits.

And it often brings a rise in deductibles and other costs as part of a benefits package.

A report released Wednesday indicates that more Americans with health insurance are not able to keep up with those out-of-pocket costs.

The Commonwealth Fund report said that last year, 28 percent of U.S. adults who were insured all year were “underinsured” — an estimated 41 million people.

The underinsured are people who have health insurance (including employer and individual exchange plans) but face deductibles and health care costs that are high in ...

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Doctor’s Column: The breast cancer that sneaks up on women

Inflammatory breast cancer is usually diagnosed at a later stage than other breast cancers – and thus is often fatal.

A recent Georgia State University study found that one of the areas with high incidence of inflammatory breast cancer is in South Georgia.

In a new Doctor’s Column, Dr. Ricardo H. Alvarez writes about this aggressive form of breast cancer.

“Given that its symptoms can resemble those of other conditions, IBC can be difficult to diagnose properly,’’ writes Alvarez, a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Newnan hospital.

Here’s a link to his column.

 

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