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Obama administration unveils plan to shift Medicare payments

...delivers better care, spends health care dollars more wisely and results in healthier people," said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.The shift won immediate support from insurers and the American Hos pi tal Association...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-26/obama-administration-unvei
United Way poised to reach campaign goal, with your help

...decline in campaign donations. The need for health and human services, however, continues to grow.United Way donations...agencies that work year-round to meet the health and human service needs of local citizens. Among those needs, a single...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/opinion-columns/2015-01-25/united-way-poise
Bill would tighten Ga. elder abuse law

...They are making a lot of money,'' said state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.The target population is also growing. Roughly 12 percent of Georgians are 65 or older, said Kathy Floyd...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-01-19/bill-would-tighten-ga-el
Lawsuit: South Carolina's child welfare agency is endangering children, failing in basic needs

...said the governor "has been actively pursuing a new direction for the agency including hiring new case workers and human services specialists, enhanced training for those professionals and improving coordination with key stakeholders such as law...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-01-12/lawsuit-south-carolinas-child
Ga. health exchange enrollment nears 400,000

...enrollees during the first open enrollment last year. The enrollment period this year ends Feb. 15.U.S. Health and Human Services officials, who released Georgia's 398,781 enrollment figure, did not include details on plan design, age, or...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-01-15/ga-health-exchange-enrol
Nearly 6.5 million enrolled in Obamacare

...through the federal marketplace as of last week, with nearly 2 million enrolling for the first time, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Tuesday."We still have a ways to go, but we are headed in the right direction...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-23/nearly-65-million-enrolled-o
Rants & Raves

...like to say thank you to the transporters for their kindness. You deserve this and additional raves for the quality human service provided to my father and others like him. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-12-24/rants-raves
Jan. 1 deadine for ACA health care coverage looming

...had selected a plan as of Dec. 5, about 48 percent for the first time, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. State-by-state breakdowns are not yet available but reports are mixed so far from across Georgia, said Dante...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-13/jan-1-deadine-aca-health-car
Uninsured in South Carolina eligible for Healthy Connections Checkup screenings

...diagnostically, where they stand," said Christian Soura, the interim director of the Department of Health and Human Services.The estimated 450,000 South Carolinians eligible for Checkup are mostly the same people who would qualify for full...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-11-29/uninsured-south-carolina-eli
Funds for home heating assistance depleted for year

...to apply for assistance after serving the elderly. Residents can call (706) 724-0701 in late December to check if more funds are available.The federally-funded program is administered by the Georgia Department of Human Services.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-11-25/funds-home-heating-assistanc