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PeachCare funds could dry up in weeks without a new deal in D.C.

Georgia could run out of federal funding for its PeachCare for Kids program as early as next month, state officials say.

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (which includes PeachCare) expired Sept. 30, putting the future of the popular insurance program in limbo.

CHIP covers almost 9 million children nationally. Through PeachCare, it covers roughly about 130,000 children in Georgia.

The program provides insurance to children in working families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid for their kids, but cannot afford or obtain private coverage.

The U.S. House passed a bill in early November that funds the CHIP program for five years, but the ...

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Got that shot yet? Flu season could be rough here, data show

This flu season in Georgia and the South is shaping up to be harsher than the last one.

Georgia is one of seven states overall — most of them in the Southeast — that have reported “widespread’’ flu activity, according to a new CDC report, tracking the week ending Dec. 2.

“Flu is increasing. We’re seeing a pretty steep increase in influenza activity across the U.S. but especially in the South,” Brendan Flannery, a co-author of the new report and an epidemiologist in the CDC’s flu division, told CNN.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said Friday that there have been 47 influenza-associated hospitalizations in the eight-county ...

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When you like your health plan . . .  but it’s no longer available

Kathy Brooke of Smyrna is facing a major hassle at a time in her life when she wants fewer problems, not more. The recently diagnosed cancer patient is going to have to get a new doctor at the start of the new year.

Many consumers — whether with work-based coverage or government insurance — face the prospect of switching physicians during benefits Open Enrollment season. It can be an emotional time for someone who’s had a longtime relationship with a trusted doctor. For many people, the stress is real, even if the change ends up working out fine.

Individuals set to transition to ...

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Personal blog: It’s eye surgery, and I’m the patient

More than 3 million cataract surgeries are being performed this year in the United States.

Today it’s my turn.

I had felt something was wrong over the past year as the vision in my right eye turned partly cloudy. But it took a recent mishap — when I broke a pair of eyeglasses — and a trip to an optometrist to find out that cataracts were the cause of my problem.

I had one cataract in each eye. The right was worse than the left.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. The surgery basically replaces the clouded lens with an artificial one.

Surgery is ...

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