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Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
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Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her. She is charged with cruelty to aMore >>
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her.More >>
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About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
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By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - These days it's no secret. State and local governments are making extreme budget cuts due to the poor economy.
One of the programs affected by these cuts is Medicaid. "We have a very high Medicaid volume in our practice and any cut at all is going to affect our ability to take care of patients," said Dr. Sandra Reed.
Dr. Reed is an OB/GYN at the Shaw Center in Thomasville. Last week a rule went into effect prompting a half a percent cut to health care providers. She says her practice has been forced to add programs just to pay the bills. "We're doing laser treatments, hair removal, and also 4-D ultrasounds now."
Reed says although most doctors can choose not to accept Medicaid patients, her practice can not. "We really can't turn them away because we are it."
Reed says she understands the economy is down and sacrifices need to be made. "I think everybody understands that, but when you're sitting in a situation where you haven't had an increase for 10 years and than they want to talk about cutting. We've already been cut just based on the cost of living increase."
The Shaw Center in Thomasville specializes in female care. Reed says taking money from her practice will cost the state more in the long run. "We need healthy mothers. Healthy mothers and healthy babies actually help benefit the system and not cost more money to take care of sick babies."
Reed says they've already streamlined their practice, laid off employees, and switched to an automated appointment system. She says the only cost saving technique left is losing doctors and no one can afford that.
Dr. Reed says Moultrie has lost three of it's four gynecologists. She says the remaining doctor is so overwhelmed that many patients are now traveling 30 miles to Thomasville to avoid waiting weeks for an appointment.