Health & Wellness


Oakhurst Medical receives ACA funding for quality improvement

Oakhurst Medical Centers Inc. in Stone Mountain is among 27 health centers in Georgia awarded $684,979 in Affordable Care Act funding for quality improvement.

Vaccinations urged as state reports five flu-related deaths

For kids and adults, a flu vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications, and health officials say that now is a good time to get flu shots.

Many Georgians lack health insurance

More than a million Georgians currently live without health insurance, and the second enrollment period is the latest chance for them to enroll in a plan under the Affordable Care Act, Enroll America says

Town hall on mental health at summit

Life coach, best-selling author and reality TV show host Iyanla Vanzant will moderate a town hall meeting at the FDHA Health Summit: Mind Matters on Dec. 8 in Atlanta.

‘Sensational Evening’ for Macy’s patrons

Shoppers can join Macy’s at the Gallery at South DeKalb on Dec. 12 for a “Sensational Evening” of live music, prizes, and shopping, of course.

DeKalb Medical hosting Marketplace info sessions

DeKalb Medical will host information sessions on the Health Insurance Marketplace on Dec. 9-10 at its North Decatur and Hillandale campuses.

Free health screenings at community forum

Free health screenings and help with ACA enrollment will be available at the second annual Local Take on Community Health Forum on Dec. 13-14 at North DeKalb Mall.

Environmental Justice grants deadline extended

The deadline for eligible nonprofits and tribal communities to apply for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program has been extended to Jan. 9, 2015.

Dec. 15 deadline for Jan. 1 ACA coverage

Residents who need health insurance coverage through the federal Marketplace have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that starts on Jan. 1.

Butterworth named GEMA’s new director

Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth will become the new director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security effective in January.

Winter’s on its way – prepare for severe weather, emergencies

Winter is just around the corner, and Gov. Nathan Deal and GEMA are urging Georgians to be prepared.

Food safety practices can help ensure healthy holiday meal

Novices making their first turkey or seasoned cooks who know their way around the kitchen should follow good food safety practices for a healthy holiday meal.

Medicare ‘Extra Help’ offers assistance with prescription drug costs

Medicare’s “Extra Help” program helps people with limited income pay for their prescription medications.

Health insurance open enrollment starts Nov. 15

Open enrollment for 2015 coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts Nov. 15, and residents can get ready by learning about the Marketplace, seeing if they may qualify for savings, and downloading an application checklist.

St. Andrews to host ACA seminar

Financial services adviser Paul Ellingson will present a seminar on the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 13 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucker.