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State’s Medicaid redesigns healthcare for foster children


State officials hope changes they’re initiating will bring wellness and health for 27,000 children in foster care, adoption assistance and select youth in the juvenile justice system in the upcoming New Year.
The Department of Community Health has chosen a single, care-management organization for the children’s health care coverage.

Source: Southern Political Report

HPV vaccination rates still lag, according to CDC
The rate of vaccination against HPV, the most common sexually transmitted virus that can lead to cancer, did not increase last year, which was “a huge disappointment,” said Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens continues looking at Reno, Nevada health plan
Like Reno, Athens is home to large numbers of people who have jobs but no health insurance.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Cost for Georgia to expand Medicaid program could reach $4.5 billion over ten years
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gwinnett Medical Center to expand
A $2.3 million expansion to the interventional radiology unit is planned for the Lawrenceville hospital.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory University seeks patent on autism treatment
The invention “provides a method of treating or preventing disorders, including but not limited to Fragile X syndrome, Down’s Syndrome, and other forms of mental retardation, schizophrenia, and autism.” The treatment involves what’s called “an mGluR antagonist.”
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Houston County residents sought for national cancer study
Source: Macon Telegraph

Lawsuit says Wellstar Kennestone Medical Center mishandled remains of stillborn babies
Source: WSB-TV

Metro Atlanta has first case of West Nile virus

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