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Researchers design educational course to inform practitioners about current tick ranges and disease risk

Researchers design educational course to inform practitioners about current tick ranges and disease risk

Anyone who likes to walk in the woods or grassy fields in hot weather knows that checking for ticks afterwards is a must. Ticks can transmit many diseases to humans as well as our pets, and some of these diseases can be fatal. However, having a tick-borne disease tested and confirmed by doctors can often …

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ACA’s Expanded Grants Help More Nevadans Get Health Care Coverage – Nevada Current

Open enrollment for health insurance plans in Nevada closes January 15. This is expected to be the largest enrollment in plans offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in state history, a development that is happening nationally. Nearly three out of four U.S. people on the market have subsidized health care coverage — the highest …

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Restored wetland protections may not prevent mining near Okefenokee - The Current

Restored wetland protections may not prevent mining near Okefenokee – The Current

The Biden administration on Friday announced a final rule that restores protections in place before 2015 under the federal Clean Water Act for streams, wetlands and other critical waterways. The action, announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army, bolsters protection of sources of drinking water as well as …

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Georgia creates its own health insurance portal, Georgia Access - The Current

Georgia creates its own health insurance portal, Georgia Access – The Current

ATLANTA — After failing to get federal approval to exit the federal insurance market earlier this year, Georgia has created its own health insurance portal directing people to private insurers and brokers to buy insurance disease. This story also appeared in Capitol Beat News Service The new website, called Georgia Access, includes links to 10 …

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Analysis: 1 in 5 children in poverty in Georgia, 8 states that haven't raised the minimum wage - The Current

Analysis: 1 in 5 children in poverty in Georgia, 8 states that haven’t raised the minimum wage – The Current

Of the 20 states that have failed to raise minimum wages above the federal standard of $7.25 an hour, 17 have more than 12% of their children living in poverty, according to an analysis of wage and poverty data from the States Newsroom. Anti-poverty advocates say it’s a sign there’s an urgent need for lawmakers …

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New New Year laws affect food trucks, tax credits and online sales - The Current

New New Year laws affect food trucks, tax credits and online sales – The Current

ATLANTA — Most bills passed by the General Assembly each year take effect July 1. This story also appeared in Capitol Beat News Service But a handful of new laws enacted in the 2022 legislative session will go into effect this Sunday, Jan. 1, including a bill making it easier to do business with food …

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More than 500,000 Georgians could start losing health coverage by spring if pandemic-era Medicaid assistance ends - The Current

More than 500,000 Georgians could start losing health coverage by spring if pandemic-era Medicaid assistance ends – The Current

Hundreds of thousands of Georgians who received health insurance through Medicaid during the pandemic could begin losing coverage next spring under the federal spending bill unveiled this week. The congressional proposal would end the pandemic-era rule requiring states to continue covering Medicaid enrollees even if they are no longer eligible for a state’s eligibility rules. …

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Parkinson's disease is actually 50% more common in the US than current estimates

Parkinson’s disease is actually 50% more common in the US than current estimates

Current estimates place the number of diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease at 60,000 per year. However, new research reveals that the true incidence rate is nearly 90,000 diagnoses each year, which is 50% higher. The incidence rate of the new Parkinson’s disease totals nearly 90,000 diagnoses each year, compared to previous estimates of 60,000 diagnoses per …

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Legislative committee proposes path to end disability support waiting list - The Current

Legislative committee proposes path to end disability support waiting list – The Current

Advocates for Georgia’s disability community have long fought in the halls and committee rooms of the Capitol to address the state’s long wait for support services – with access often taking more than a decade . The state’s New Options Waiver (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver (COMP) programs through Medicaid are designed to help Georgians …

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Despite current Covid risks, more employees are considering cutting healthcare benefits

Despite current Covid risks, more employees are considering cutting healthcare benefits

Tech startup Fast Chief Communications Officer Jason Alderman (R) chats with an employee on the first day of work at the office on March 24, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Inflation has stretched household budgets close to their limit. As a result, most people have limited their discretionary spending, even …

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