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Help Navigating through the Health Insurance Marketplace

Since the healthcare marketplace opened last week with the advent of the Affordable Healthcare Act, there have been many problems with navigating through the website, most of them caused by high volume.  For other people, all the options are overwhelming once they actually get to create that account.

More than 200 of you were able to talk to UGA's Healthcare Navigators during 13WMAZ's phone bank Thursday.

Southwest Laurens Goes Pink for Teacher

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Southwest Laurens Elementary School, one of their own, second grade teacher Sandra Dykes, is battling that type of cancer.

Everyone at the school - students, teachers, and faculty - had on pink in honor of Mrs. Dykes.

"There is not a student here that doesn't know Miss Dykes, that wasn't impacted by Miss Dykes. She is one of those that's just loved by students," said Kelland Waldrep, principal at Southwest Laurens Elementary.

Dykes' grandson, Luc Bennett, is a second grader at Southwest Laurens Elementary.

"It makes me happy because everybody in second grade loves my Nana," said Luc Bennett.

And Dykes' daughter, Dee Bennett, is also a teacher at Southwest Laurens, and she said the amount of support from her school community helps her mother keep going.

Burger King Creates Lower-Calorie 'Satisfries'

By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

McDonald's fries have always given Burger King heartburn - but watch out Ronald McDonald.

In a move destined to shake up the fast-food industry, Burger King Tuesday will unveil a simple but startling french fry innovation: french fries with 30% less fat and 20% fewer calories than BK's current fries. (And 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than McDonald's fries.)

They've dubbed the new product Satisfries - not to replace BK's classic fries, but to be sold in addition to them. And they will be crinkle-cut, like old-fashioned fries.

The move comes at a time consumers are increasingly demanding healthier options - even in so-called junk food. The low-cal, low-fat fries will cost 20 cents to 30 cents more per serving (except in Kids Meals, where there will be no price difference). All Burger Kings in North America will begin selling them Tuesday.

City of Dublin Fire Department Commemorates 9/11

City of Dublin Fire Department Commemorates 9/11

The City of Dublin posted this dedication to its Facebook wall Wednesday, September 11.

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

When you treat yourself to a Dairy Queen blizzard this Thursday, you're also treating the Children's Miracle Network.

Thursday marks Miracle Treat Day, a day where at least a dollar from every blizzard will go to Children's Miracle Network, according to a release.

Last year nationwide and in Canada, the fundraiser brought almost $5 million to Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

The Children's Hospital of the Medical Center of Central Georgia is a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

American Cancer Society Asking Central Georgians Help

For the third time in four years, the American Cancer Society is asking central georgians for their help.

It's called the Cancer Prevention Study-3. It's research that will help scientists better understand how genetics, lifestyle and the environment affect cancer. They are looking for at least 250 volunteers to enroll for the November Houston County event.

You'll have to answer a survey, allow a waist measurement, give a small amount of blood and sign a consent form.

Six years ago Heather Griffin's mother was diagnosed with cancer.

"I thank the lord that she found it early and she is doing great. But every female that's passed away on my mothers side of the family has died from some form of cancer," said Griffin.

That's why the study is so close to her heart, so much so that she participated in it. "I don't want to have another person hear the words you have cancer," she said.

Ga. Plans Managed Care for Children on Medicaid

 

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say they're looking to hire a for-profit company to oversee the care of some of the state's most vulnerable children.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that youth advocates and pediatricians say so-called "managed care" of the state's 27,000 children in foster care, adoption assistance or the juvenile justice system could help better coordinate care.

The move is similar to one the state plans to make next year when it transitions roughly 430,000 elderly, blind and disabled Medicaid recipients into a voluntary form of managed care.

Officials say foster children and others would have one primary care physician and electronic health records that doctors can use regardless of where the child lives under the managed care system.

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