Posts Tagged ‘georgia’

Georgia University Warning About HIV-Positive Man Transmitting HIV Comes Under Fire

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 6 Comments

On a Tuesday in August, Georgia Southern University issued an alarming “health alert” to its students. A “dominant” black man was “intentionally and knowingly” transmitting HIV. School officials warned the press, too. But weeks later, amid denials by state health officials that they authorized or distributed the alert, the school has quietly removed it from its website. A lot of people are demanding to know why it was posted in the first place. (more…)

Immigration restrictionist group says Florida governor is welcoming ‘illegal aliens’

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by The American Independent 2 Comments
A Florida immigration restrictionist group put up a billboard this week to thank Gov. Rick Scott for welcoming “illegal aliens” to Florida.

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Romney: Welfare drug testing is ‘an excellent idea’

Posted on: February 12th, 2012 by The American Independent 6 Comments

In a recent interview with a news station in Georgia, presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he supports laws requiring welfare beneficiaries to take drug tests. (more…)

Evidence suggests Florida’s crackdown on prescription drug abuse is working

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

Recent evidence suggests that the fight against the Florida’s prescription drug epidemic has made a significant difference, with reports indicating that Oxycodone purchases by doctors in Florida have dropped significantly in the past year. (more…)

Crafting national immigration policy is ‘an economic imperative,’ GOP officials say

Posted on: January 30th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

A panel of state and federal GOP officials who spoke at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference in Miami, Fla., Friday called for a national conversation on immigration reform at the federal level. (more…)

Supreme Court to hear challenge to Arizona immigration law

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments
A legal challenge to Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law, known as S.B. 1070, will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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‘Personhood’ bill introduced in Virginia

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Personhood USA co-founder Keith Mason (Photo: personhoodusa.com)

Undaunted by the failure of similar initiatives across the country, Virginia legislator Bob Marshall has introduced a bill that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception. (more…)

Report: Florida leads nation in reducing number of uninsured children

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found that Florida led the nation in reducing the number of uninsured children during a three-year period.

The state dropped its rate of uninsured children by 4 percentage points from 2008 to 2010, earning it the No. 1 spot in the study’s rankings for changes in uninsured rate. Florida’s rate still remains higher than the national average.

Nationally, researchers found that “despite the fact that 19 percent more children were living in poverty, the number of uninsured children decreased by 14 percent – a true bright spot in an otherwise challenging landscape for America’s children,” according to their study, “Despite Economic Challenges, Progress Continues: Children’s Health Insurance Coverage in the United States from 2008-2010.”

According to the executive summary of the study (.pdf), “the progress for children can be attributed to the success of Medicaid and CHIP which have continued to fill the void created by a decline in employer-based health insurance, a high unemployment rate and the increasing cost of private health insurance.”

From 2008 to 2010 Florida was able to decrease its rate of uninsured children from 16.7 percent to 12.7 percent, the study (.pdf) found. However, that number remains well above the U.S. rate, which is 8 percent. In 2008, Florida reported 667,758 uninsured children. In 2010, the state reported 506,934 children without health insurance.

Florida joins 15 other states with rates higher than the national average.

According to the study, “just six states (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New York and Texas) account for more than half of the uninsured children nationally.”

In February of this year, the Commonwealth Foundation ranked Florida 47th in the foundation’s Child Health Care Scorecard. The score was largely linked to the state’s high uninsured rate among children.