ATLANTA -- A state Senate panel gave Georgia primary care doctors a potential financial boost Wednesday, putting millions of dollars into the state budget for a pay raise to deliver services to Medicaid patients.
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a budget that awards $5.9 million in state funds for a Medicaid pay raise to ob/gyns, and $13.6 million to internists, pediatricians and family medicine physicians.
Those amounts surpass the House’s allocation of $3 million and $1.6 million to the respective groups.
The South Carolina Highway patrol arrested a Graniteville man Wednesday who they say caused a three-vehicle wreck in Aiken County and fled authorities after attempting to pass a stopped school bus unloading students.
Kevin Adams, 21, awaits bond in the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of driving too fast for road conditions, leaving the scene of an accident, having a suspended license and passing a stopped school bus.
Burke County public schools will open and operate on regular schedule Thursday, less than 24 hours after a ruptured water line resulted in the system shutting down all its facilities, including its central office and maintenance and transportation departments.
The school system announced on Twitter at 2:20 p.m. that it had repaired the water line and that faculty, staff, and students at each of its eight schools should return to normal schedule Thursday.
ATLANTA – Executives from University Hospital are getting serious about having a residency program, state officials said Wednesday.
The hospital has sent a “letter of interest” to the University System of Georgia, the first formal step in receiving financial help in expanding its residency program for newly graduated physicians. The facility already provides six slots and once had more until a change in Medicare rules increased the financial burden on the hospital several years ago.
A Martinez woman was sentenced to prison Wednesday after admitting she drove her car into a Dollar General store last spring.
Roshana Lequisha Payne, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, driving under the influence and driving with an open container of alcohol.
Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Payne to 12 years in prison followed by eight years probation. She also has to pay a $1,300 fine and more than $60,000 in restitution to the three people injured in the incident and to Dollar General.