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An estimated 720,000 Georgians could lose health insurance over the next 10 years under the revised Republican health care proposal that passed the U.S. House this month, according to an analysis of the Congressional Budget Office report.

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Bill Custer, a professor at Georgia State University, calculated the figures from the CBO report’s estimates. He said the CBO estimate is based on how states would react to the reduction in federal funding for Medicaid.

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The tan bungalow on the Gilbert Elementary School campus in LaFayette, Ga. is scarcely bigger than a house trailer.

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Although it could easily be mistaken for a temporary classroom, the building is a clinic. It’s one of six local medical clinics in rural Northwest Georgia run by Primary Healthcare Centers, a nonprofit that is designated as a federally qualified health center.

There are big things happening on the west side of Atlanta right now. The city is creating large parks and a trail that will connect to the BeltLine, all part of the long-term cleanup of Proctor Creek.

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Neighborhoods on Atlanta’s Westside are changing. Mercedes-Benz Stadium construction is wrapping up; the BeltLine is coming. And what has been a blighted creek could eventually become an amenity. But some residents are concerned that efforts to fix Proctor Creek could eventually price them out.

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Proctor Creek flows from downtown Atlanta across dozens of neighborhoods to the Chattahoochee River. There has been ongoing work to address flooding and pollution the creek

There is also a new project aimed at connection people to the creek — and to each other. 

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Proctor Creek has been a problem for residents of 35 northwest Atlanta neighborhoods for a long time. It’s polluted. It floods.

That’s changing, though. 

Billions of dollars' worth of upgrades to the city's sewer system and plans for a series of parks address the long-running issues with the creek. 

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Some of the rain that falls in downtown Atlanta eventually forms Proctor Creek, which flows through the west side of the city and into the Chattahoochee River. Like the rest of Atlanta's creeks, Proctor Creek is polluted. But it still has wildlife living in it. Scientists are learning more about the health of the creek and its critters by studying crayfish.  

  A longer version of this story was published and aired last fall. 

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Proctor Creek flows out of downtown Atlanta through the west side of the city. There have long been problems with the health of the creek, especially flooding and pollution. 

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That can lead to health problems for the people who live near the creek, which flows through 35 Atlanta neighborhoods on its way to the Chattahoochee River.

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There’s a polluted waterway that runs from downtown Atlanta to the Chattahoochee River. It’s called Proctor Creek.

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For decades, it’s caused problems for people who live near it.  Now, there’s a lot more attention on the future of the creek, and neighborhoods on the Westside.

This is part of a continuing series about Proctor Creek that airs on "Morning Edition" with WABE host Denis O'Hayer.

In Rome, Old Attitudes Still Cast Shadow Over HIV Fight

May 22, 2017
Victoria Knight / Georgia Health News

“The ‘H’ stands for human, not homosexual,” said Frank Tant, as he perched on the edge of a worn brown couch in the main room at the AIDS Resource Council in Rome.

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He’s talking about the “H” in human immunodeficiency virus, identified more than 30 years ago as the cause of AIDS. The disease itself had been recognized only a few years before.

Global Warming: Summer In The Winter? Sounds Awesome, Right? Not So Much

May 22, 2017
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Do you remember that episode of “Phineas and Ferb” where they made it snow during the summer? They called it S’Winter, and all of the kids slid down huge heaps of snow, built snowmen and had crazy snowball fights in June!

When we were younger, the concept sounded pretty cool. I mean, snow during the hottest time of the year? That sounded amazing to the 12-year-old me! But what if, instead of making it snow during the summer, they made it hot during the winter? That would’ve been even better, right? Well, sure, from an animation standpoint. In real life? Not so much.

2015 had the highest reported youth suicides in the past five years.
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Eighteen children in Georgia have killed themselves this year. And state officials are working to stop and prevent those suicides.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Fatality Review Program teamed up with state education and health officials to create a new training program for school personnel.

The program focuses on teaching educators warning signs in students and figuring out way to get the issue of suicide out in the open at their schools.

Ga. Insurer Files Statewide Plans For Obamacare Exchange

May 19, 2017
A pedestrian walks past the corporate headquarters of health insurer Anthem, formerly known as Wellpoint, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Indianapolis. The Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer sells insurance in several states under the Anthem brand, which was th
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia has taken the first step to continue participation in the Obamacare insurance exchange, by filing proposed plans with the state insurance commissioner.

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The company, which is owned by the health insurance firm Anthem, says it has filed plans for all regions of the state, including the 96 counties where it is the only provider in the marketplace.

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Friday afternoon, there's a groundbreaking for a new park on Atlanta’s Westside. Cook Park will honor civil rights leaders. It will also help with long-term flooding and pollution in the area.

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This is the fourth in a series of articles reported in Northwest Georgia, an area rich in stories about unmet health needs and about people and programs making a difference. Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication collaborated to produce this series, made possible by support from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation and the Institute of International Education.

Atlanta Aims For 100 Percent Clean Energy

May 16, 2017
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Doubling down on its reputation for promoting sustainability, Atlanta is pledging to convert to 100 percent clean energy in the coming decades.

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According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, under a resolution the city council passed unanimously May 1, all city government operations must completely run on renewable energy by 2025, while the entire city — including the private sector — must convert to renewable power by 2035.

A Little-Known Star Of Hospital Safety In Georgia

May 15, 2017
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This is the third in a series of articles reported in Northwest Georgia, an area rich in stories about unmet health needs and about people and programs making a difference. Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication collaborated to produce this series, made possible by support from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation and the Institute of International Education.

Division of Family and Children Services case managers, like Michelle Doris and Zenique Johnson, will receive training from Georgia State University to identify and treat secondary traumatic stress.
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Working with children who have been abused and neglected can be stressful.

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services said it’s one reason employees leave. DFCS has asked Georgia State University to help case workers cope.

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The American Health Care Act re-emerged with striking speed to pass the House on May 4. Senior reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about Vox’s low opinion of the bill, which he contends is seriously worse than the first.

A Self-Care Toolbox For Stressful Transitions

May 11, 2017
Zakirah White / courtesy of Vox Atlanta

Change is tough but necessary.

If I could take one lesson from the craziness of being a teen halfway between a world that held my hand and sheltered me, and a world that expected me to wake up at 5:30 every morning, drink coffee and show up, this would be it.

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People in two Georgia immigrant detention centers are getting inadequate care in “desperately understaffed” medical units, according to a report released last week by Project South, an Atlanta-based advocacy group.

While detainees often get their required physical exams upon entering the facilities, they may wait a long time for medical treatment, according to the report, which is titled "Imprisoned Justice."

Kristina Griffith
Georgia Health News

David woke up on a cold floor. The only thing in view was a toilet looming next to him. His concept of time was hazy, but as he staggered from the bathroom he saw a clock and realized that he couldn’t account for 18 hours of his life.

That’s one memory from a troubled life.

David has been a drug addict since he was 15 and has relapsed after stays at four treatment centers, years of AA meetings and intervals of sobriety that ultimately proved unsustainable.

Evan Nodvin
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House Republicans in Washington are planning to vote Thursday on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Pre-existing conditions have ruled the headlines this week, but the bill still includes big changes to Medicaid.

Potential cuts to the Medicaid program have worried people with disabilities and advocates in Georgia, including 38-year-old Evan Nodvin.

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Georgia ranks fifth among states with the most drinking water violations. That's according to a new study by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental advocacy group.

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The study says Georgia's violations happened mostly in rural areas with smaller water systems. 

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Three Georgians with disabilities have filed a lawsuit alleging that state agencies have failed to provide accommodations to help them maintain their eligibility for food stamps and Medicaid.

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Thousands of Georgians with disabilities face a similar risk of a benefits cutoff, the lawsuit contends.

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The debate is back about offshore oil exploration and drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Georgia coastal area. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday directing the Department of the Interior to look at opening up more areas to offshore drilling.

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When is a headache just a headache? Doctors have long noticed that some people who’ve survived strokes report experiencing migraine headaches before the stroke. At the same time, we know that the vast majority of migraine headaches aren’t concerning for anything more serious.

Now the link between migraines and stroke is becoming clear – and it lies in two small arteries in the back of your neck.

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Harold Weber is what’s known as a navigator.

He has been helping people choose the right health insurance plan since 2013, when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Working out of the Athens Neighborhood Health Center, he estimates that he has steered about 1,400 people through the complexities of the federal health insurance exchange for Georgia.

Today, as congressional Republicans look to repeal the 2010 health care law and replace with it a different plan, Weber and other navigators wonder if they’ll have jobs a year from now.

Bullying, Loneliness And Depression – 5 Ways To Fight Back

Apr 27, 2017
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Remember when monsters used to be under your bed?

Then, as you slowly got older and more aware of the world, you began to realize that monsters, in reality, were people who smiled in your face every day but were simultaneously plotting to chew you up and spit you out?

In a Friday, May 6, 2016 photo, LSU medical student Felicia Venable, left, examines a patient as fellow students and medical residents observe during daily rounds at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La.
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Another rural hospital is closing its doors in Georgia.

Jenkins (County) Medical Center in Millen will close in June, and its services will merge with a hospital in Sylvania in neighboring Screven County, the hospitals’ owner, Optim Health System, said Tuesday.

The two hospitals are about 20 miles from each other in east Georgia, roughly midway between Augusta to the north and Savannah to the south.

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