While speaking at The Carter Center during a mental health symposium Friday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a rule she says represents the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in a generation.
The rule requires insurers to cover mental health and substance abuse services just as they would treatment for physical illnesses.
Sebelius says finalizing the rule puts teeth into the two thousand and eight Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
(Updated to correct name of drug's inventor, adds response from Gilead Science)
A federal Food and Drug Administration panel Friday recommended approving a new drug that, in combination with other treatments, helps to effectively stop hepatitis C.
The drug, Sofosbuvir, has ties to Atlanta.
“Finally, my baby is becoming an adult, and now it’s going to be used by a lot of people and save a lot of lives," says Emory University’s Dr. Raymond Schinazi, who helped develop the drug. "And that’s what it’s all about."
For the first time Georgians can enroll for Medicaid benefits on the web.
The new feature went online at the beginning of the month and is part of President Obama’s health reform law.
“The federal reform law required it to be running October 1. Ours is up and running," said Department of Community Health Commissioner Clyde Reese. "You can apply online now and my understanding is that’s going well.”
Medicaid is the joint federal-state program that provides low-income people with health coverage.
Many Georgians were able to sign up for health insurance through the state’s new exchanges on Tuesday. But a Spanish language version of the website won’t be available for a few more weeks.
Atlanta’s Latin American Association is preparing for that. The organization is part of a consortium that received a grant to train a navigator to help Latinos sign up for health care. LAA grant manager Elizabeth Sirk says the idea is to provide support for families and individuals.
Starting October 1, 2013, consumers will be able to shop for health care coverage at online marketplaces called exchanges.
It's all part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Some states have set up their own exchanges; Georgia has opted not to do that, so consumers here will use an exchange set up by the Federal government.
The Affordable Care Act is changing the way Americans have medical coverage on various levels. The White House says the goal is to provide health benefits to millions who wouldn’t have it otherwise.
But Professor David Laband, an economics professor from Georgia Tech, says someone is going to have to pick up the tab for these changes.
“In effect, what we are talking about here is a cost shift from the companies to taxpayers, individual citizens, who are going to be, in essence, coerced to sign up for the plan and that’s not a good sign.”
As part of Minority Donor Awareness Week, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital says there is a greater need for organ donation among minorities. But the hospital says it’s especially needed for African-Americans. That’s why a local teacher who recently received a kidney from her brother is sharing her story.
49-year-old Sylvan Hills Middle School teacher Anita Christopher started dialysis in 2009 after learning she had renal failure.
“I went to work everyday and there were times that you know I did not feel well. It’s a grueling process.”
Georgia families and those from across the nation are in Washington D.C. to raise awareness about the challenges facing children who receive Medicaid and the best ways to reform the program. They’re meeting with members of Congress as part of a family advocacy day hosted by the Children’s Hospital Association. The visit comes as Congress considers whether to cut Medicaid and other entitlement programs to reduce the federal deficit.
The American Cancer Society marked its 100th anniversary in May, 2013. Dr. John Seffrin has been the Society's CEO for 21 of those years. In part 1 of a wide-ranging conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Seffrin, talked about future breakthroughs and the present debate over the health care system and how to make quality cancer care accessible to everyone who needs it.
The Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center near Decatur is not disputing a Federal audit, which linked three patient deaths to mismanagement in the Center’s mental health programs.
According to the audit, two of the patients committed suicide; the third died of a drug overdose. The deaths occurred in the past two years. The chairman of the U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Florida Republican Jeff Miller, told WABE he plans to visit the VA hospital sometime in the near future…and may call a formal hearing.
Piedmont Healthcare’s board of directors named Kevin Brown its new President and Chief Executive Officer.
Brown heads the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in the Seattle area and will take over Piedmont as it gears up to enter the insurance business.
Since last year, Brown has worked as CEO of Swedish Health Services in Seattle after serving as the hospital’s chief strategic officer. Prior to his employment there, he worked for Providence Health System. Starting in May, Brown will take the helm of Piedmont Healthcare.
A new study from the Rand Corporation says dementia is now the most expensive health problem in the nation, surpassing heart disease and cancer.
The Alzheimer’s Association says, in 2010, there were 120,000 Georgians with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow to 160,000 by 2025.
Leslie Anderson, President of the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia chapter, says 84% of Georgians in nursing homes have some kind of dementia. The average cost of nursing home care in Georgia is about $51,000 a year.