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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.

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GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

DECATUR, Ga. -- An analysis of autopsies by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has found a 10 percent increase in the number of prescription overdose deaths in 2010 compared to 2009.

The analysis shows that the number of drug overdose deaths involving only prescription drugs jumped from 508 in 2009 to 560 in 2010. It also showed that 68 other deaths were attributed to a combination of prescription and illicit drugs.

In all, there were 729 drug overdose deaths in 2010. Most of those deaths were found to be accidental, but about nine percent were determined to be suicides.

The analysis of the GBI Medical Examiner's drug overdose autopsies involves 152 counties. The study does not include several Metro Atlanta counties, including Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb.

August 1 Deadline for Nominations for Georgia Caregiver of the Year Award

August 1 Deadline for Nominations for Georgia Caregiver of the Year Award

Atlanta, GA --  (submitted by Grace Trimble)  According to a recent AARP Public Policy Institute report, two million Georgians spent 1.3 billion hours in 2009 caring for a loved with chronic illnesses, disabilities and limitations of aging. That care is valued at an estimated $13.1 billion.

To honor their work and that of dedicated volunteer and paraprofessional caregivers, the Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving, in cooperation with the Georgia CARE-NETS, is calling for nominations for the 2011 Georgia Caregiver of the Year Awards.

These awards will be presented to exemplary caregivers in three categories:

  1. Family Caregiver (relative or non-relative perceived as family)
  2. Para-Professional Caregivers (ex.

Wanna track your pregnancy? There's an app for that

Wanna track your pregnancy? There's an app for that

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- These days, technology makes anything easier, including your pregnancy.

Gainesville OB/GYN Dr. Keshma Saujani developed the Luv Dub and Belly Booth apps for her patients to have a way to document and share moments from their pregnancies.

Luv Dub allows expectant mothers to create a journal of the pregnancy: keeping notes, logging dates and recording every heartbeat and ultrasound along the way. Those pictures can then be emailed or posted directly to Facebook or Twitter.

"It occurred to me when I would have patients that would come and couldn't bring their family or their husband," Saujani said.

With the second app, Belly Booth, a mom-to-be can take a picture of her growing belly each day of her pregnancy.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

America Is Your Park campaign urges families to get out, discover fun ways to get active in the park while helping their favorite park win big

 

ATLANTA, July 10, 2011 – If you’re reading this, you should get to your favorite park – STAT! Coca-Cola is calling all families to go out and play this summer as part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign.

Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4

Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4
Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers this Fourth of July Georgia Optometric Association Offers Tips to Celebrate the Holiday Safely