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Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Community Health has adopted a proposal to secure the future of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

The initiative introduces a new consumer-directed wellness plan, improves plan administration, eliminates the SHBP's projected deficit for this year and substantially reduces future deficits.

"The board is pleased to endorse this thoughtful and responsible plan that is not afraid to tackle the big issues," said DCH board chairman Ross Mason. "This is a forward-looking plan that provides real bottom line-driven solutions."

SHBP is facing a projected deficit of slightly more than $800 million during the next two years.

"Our major concern is the continued delivery of quality health care services at an affordable cost," said DCH commissioner David Cook.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.

No health insurance? Atlanta Mayor releases must have health guide for the uninsured in Atlanta

No health insurance? Atlanta Mayor releases must have health guide for the uninsured in Atlanta

Metro Atlanta --  The Atlanta Regional Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured is a comprehensive listing of health care resources in the Atlanta metropolitan region, including where to find affordable medical care, dentistry, substance abuse recovery centers, mental health care, as well as programs that offer medicines for free or low-cost. The guide is available in English and Spanish, and can be obtained free at local community health centers, or by contacting NAHN, NBNA, by calling 1-888-720-1337 or downloading an English and Spanish version at www.atlantaga.gov.

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Atlanta Public Schools implement heat ban until Friday

Atlanta Public Schools implement heat ban until Friday

ATLANTA – According to Keith Bromery of Atlanta Public Schools:

APS officials have banned all outdoor student activities until after 6 p.m. through the end of the week because of the current high heat and humidity conditions in the region.

The restriction is district-wide for all K12 grades and includes football and other sports practices and conditioning activities, band practices and rehearsals, and other outside activities.

 In many instances, coaches and band directors have moved practices and rehearsals indoors as a precaution to prevent heat-related health issues.

Atlanta residents come together to defeat Lung Cancer

Atlanta residents come together to defeat Lung Cancer

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND, Ga. – The National Lung Cancer Partnership is inviting all Atlanta residents to come together and register for the Atlanta Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Miler.

This event was created to unify the community and to inspire those impacted by the disease. Registration for the walk is $25 online until August 17 and is $28 for people mailing in their registrations. Participants can register on the event day for $30. To register online, click here.

All proceeds from the races will help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education and awareness programs.

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Get vaccinated before school starts

Get vaccinated before school starts

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The 2011-2012 school year is about to begin for students in both Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools, which means that vaccination rush week is right around the corner.

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will administer required vaccinations for school entry at several locations from Monday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Aug. 12.

"During the rush weeks, the nursing division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye/ear/dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school," said Dr. Patrice A. Harris, director of Fulton County Health Services.

The county's back-to-school vaccination kickoff will take place Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Fulton Service Center (7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs).

Vaccinations will be given from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.