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Medical Evacuees Await Return; Georgians Urged To Be Cautious After Storm

Sep 12, 2017
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The more than 250 people in Georgia who became medical evacuees because of Hurricane Irma are expected to stay in place until Wednesday at the earliest.

“We’re not looking to move any evacuees back until it’s safe,’’ said Adrianne Feinberg, director of emergency preparedness for the Georgia Hospital Association. “We really don’t have a timeline.”

Tests For Prostate Cancer Get Stronger Backing

Sep 12, 2017
Kristen Alexander / Georgia Health News

Three years ago, former NFL lineman Jeff Bostic went to his doctor with symptoms of a sinus infection.

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His doctor told him it was time to have a broader check-up.

Three days after getting that physical, he got a call from the doctor.

Bostic, who lives in suburban Atlanta, recalled recently what the doctor said that day: “Your PSA has gone up considerably.’’

Premium Increases For Georgia’s 2018 Exchange May Not Be Over

Sep 6, 2017
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

The four insurers offering coverage in Georgia’s insurance exchange next year are increasing their proposed rates beyond the big premium hikes that they first sought, state officials said Tuesday.

The ever-increasing premiums proposed by insurers reflect the instability surrounding the insurance exchanges, which provide health plans for individuals and families who don’t have job-based or government coverage. The exchanges in the individual states were created under the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

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Early in the morning of July 28, the U.S. Senate narrowly defeated a proposal from Republican leaders to repeal and partly replace the Affordable Care Act — often called Obamacare.  

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With all sides looking for a path forward, Georgia patients, insurers and political leaders face a number of questions. And there is not a lot of time in which to find the answers — open enrollment for 2018 Obamacare coverage begins Nov. 1.