What We’re Reading: September 2nd

Welcome to What We’re Reading, a weekly rundown of the articles that caught our eye related to investing in our community or the things that make Athens great.

The AJC reports that 27,000 Georgians, mostly children, are still awaiting determination of their Medicaid eligibility months after receiving initial approval through the federal Affordable Care Act Marketplaces.  Georgia also has one of the highest rates of Medicaid-eligible but still uninsured children.

The AJC also reports that the increased demands of assessment standards have resulted in less time for PE and recess for Georgia students. Lawmakers passed legislation in 2000 removing PE requirements for middle school students and only requiring that K-5 students have 90 hours of PE per year.

Vox reports that Pennsylvania will expand their Medicaid program to 300,000 residents as allowed under the Affordable Care Act. Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett is the ninth Republican Governor to accept expansion.  The state will expand by placing new Medicaid beneficiaries in Managed Care programs, and beneficiaries above the poverty line will be required to pay premiums not exceeding 2% of income.  Tennessee might be next.

It was a busy weekend in Athens with plenty of guests and newcomers including Uber, Kenny Chesney, Jason Carter, and the Clemson Tigers, all in town to welcome the Georgia Bulldogs back to the AP Top 10.

Finally, a music break with the Bitter Southerner.

Got anything else we should be reading?  Let us know!

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