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The issue of whether Haralson County schools should return to a five-day week dominated the discussion at a Board of Education retreat Feb. 7 and 8, as a representative for the county high school stood alone against the system’s other schools as being in favor of returning the school calendar to 180 days of instruction.
During the Haralson County Board of Education, the board talked about the possibility of moving to a five-day school week, received a visit from Dan Weber and Pam Tallmage of the Charter System Foundation and heard updates from department heads.
Haralson County commissioners rejected a proposal — offered by one of its own members — to reform their method of convening special called meetings during a regularly scheduled session that was dominated by issues not on the official agenda.
The City of Waco approved a finalized version of their malt beverage and wine sale ordinance and approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2015 during their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 3.
Haralson County Schools released this announcement today:
Editor’s Note: The following article is one in a series about the recently enacted Affordable Health Care Law, commonly known as ObamaCare. The Journal has asked residents to send in their questions about the law. Some of those are answered below.
A major milestone has been achieved, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. According to the department’s website, “As of Jan. 24, over 3 million Americans have enrolled in private health plans through the State and Federal marketplaces.”
Affordable Care Act (ACA) service provider Marcy Heath from Sanders Associates Insurance in Tallapoosa, Ga., echoed the department’s achievement saying, “Here in Haralson County, enrollments have been wide open, and I don’t foresee that changing in the next two months.”
Heath and business associate Crystal Davis are two of the only certified Affordable Care Act service providers in Haralson County.
“People are extremely concerned about making sure they have coverage before the enrollment deadline of March 31.”
Last week, the Newspapers of West Georgia received some questions from a concerned citizen regarding the Affordable Care Act. Heath provided answers to these questions.
Q.: Are other insurance companies, such as Humana, United Healthcare, etc., opting out of the federal marketplace locally, as Blue Cross/Blue Shield has done with Tanner
A.: The only carriers that made application and were approved to participate in the Federal Marketplace in the state of Georgia were Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA), Alliant Health Plans, Humana and Kaiser.
Humana maintained their National Preferred Network. Kaiser expanded a little and now has a few physicians in the West Georgia area. BCBSGA went in the opposite direction with the new health maintenance organization (HMO) network, being very selective about whom they are allowing in their network. Alliant Health Plans has a very strong network in the West Georgia area with Tanner facilities and physicians. If you purchase plans outside of the Marketplace, you may still have access to United Healthcare, Aetna, Coventry, Assurant and other carriers who did not wish to participate in the Federal Marketplace. As of now, the networks for those carriers have not changed.
Q.: Insurance companies have to meet 10 requirements now, including not refusing coverage due to pre-existing conditions, covering children until they are 26, etc., but what are those other requirements?
A.: These requirements are referred to as the Health Reform Mandates and include requiring most U.S. citizens to have health insurance, no pre-existing condition rejections, allowing children to be insured on their parents’ plan up to age 26, and no annual or lifetime caps on benefits. “Essential Health Benefits” (EHB) must be covered and available on all plans – regardless of where you purchase.
EHB must include items and services within at least the following 10 categories:
• Ambulatory patient services
• Emergency services
• Maternity and newborn care
• Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment
• Prescription drugs
• Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
• Laboratory services
• Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
• Pediatric services, including oral and vision care
“Medical–Loss Ratios” have been tightened, ensuring that 80 percent of premiums are spent on customers’ medical claims and activities that improve the quality of care. Restrictions have been made on premium discrimination in an attempt to stabilize rate variances. These requirements represent a major step in the commoditization of health insurance, meaning that the ACA is helping health insurance become a product where one brand has no features that differentiate it from other brands, and consumers buy on price alone.
If you have a questions regarding healthcare reform, please send your questions to the Tallapoosa Journal, c/o Editor Amy Lavender, 901 Hays Mill Rd., Carrollton, Ga., or email@example.com.
While some Georgia residents have harrowing tales from last week’s winter storm after spending hours on various interstates and state roads, most motorists who were on Haralson County state roads can boast a better experience.
In what has become known as “Snow Jam 2014,” there are scores of local stories about stranded motorists and many other weather-related incidents, as you well know from watching television for three days straight.
Haralson County’s three local libraries and their supporters have many programs and events for the public coming up at the end of January and throughout the month of February. In addition, they all have exciting plans for the spring and summer months.
This year, the Bremen Police Department celebrated 30 years of the “Shop with a Cop” Christmas giving program.
The Haralson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 25 years of connecting community businesses during their 25th Annual Meeting on Saturday at Mill Town Music Hall.
The Haralson County Board of Commissioners held their monthly work session last Wednesday, Jan. 22, and less than 24 hours later were back at the county seat on Friday, Jan. 24, for a special called meeting to discuss an additional item.
During their regular meeting, the Bremen City Council held swearing-in ceremonies for its three returning board members.
A ship’s propeller weighing four and a half tons is still intact but disfigured at Tallapoosa’s Helton-Howland Memorial Park after a local man allegedly tried to make off with bits and pieces of it in a bizarre attempted theft, according to police and the park’s chief spokesman.
Haralson County commissioners were asked to consider hiring a county manager to oversee the county’s budget and postponed a decision on installing traffic-monitoring cameras on county school buses during their first meeting of the New Year.
Editor’s Note: The following article is one in a series the Gateway is printing about the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. If you have a question about health care coverage under the new law that you would like to see covered in this series, contact Editor Amy Lavender at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901 Hays Mill Rd., Carrollton, GA 30117, or 770-834-6631.)
During their regular meeting, the Buchanan City Council saw the swearing in of two council members, and Buchanan Mayor Chase Croft gave his State of the City address.
Outsourcing bus services was the main topic of discussion during the Haralson County Board of Education’s regularly scheduled work session last week, as the board had invited representatives from First Student Transportation to talk about the proposed contract and many residents turned out to hear the details.
An Tallapoosa widow who lived alone in a 19th Century home at 21 Simpson St. died of thermal injuries when her house caught fire on Monday, Jan. 6, according to Haralson County Coroner Danny Hutcheson.
During their regular meeting, the Waco City Council held off on finalizing the next year’s budget and the recently voter approved beer and wine sales ordinance until their regular meeting in February; however, they did accept a bid for repairing the sidewalk in front of City Hall, voted to upgrade the city’s utility software program and house a Georgia State Patrol SWAT vehicle at the fire station.
As of Jan. 1, the Haralson County Development Authority (HCDA) and the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce became one entity.
When we think of technology, we often think of gleaming laptops, wide-screen HD TVs and shinny new handheld devices. However, the hardware and software that supports those sleek machines and is necessary for them to function isn’t quite so glamorous.
(Editor’s Note: This article is one in a series The Gateway-Beacon is publishing addressing commonly asked questions about the Affordable Care Act.)
Bremen City Schools will reopen as scheduled on Tuesday. While extremely cold temperatures are expected, Bremen Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hicks says all school buildings will be ready for children tomorrow.
Bremen City Schools has announced they will have a late start for their teacher work day on Monday. Staff will not be expected to report until 10 a.m.
(Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series about the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare.” Over the next few weeks, the Beacon will feature frequently asked questions and their answers about the new health care law.)
Hundreds of Haralson County citizens were fed a sumptuous dinner at the fifth annual Christmas Meal at Providence Baptist Church, sponsored by the Community Christian Council (CCC), according to Chairman Alan Kiker of Tallapoosa. However, guests received more than just a meal.
After nine years at his post as Haralson County Sheriff, Eddie Mixon says he’s ready to see some of the issues at the jail resolved.
Haralson County District Attorney Jack Browning say he has several reasons to be proud of his office – in fact, he as 1,198 reasons.
During their regular meeting, the Bremen City Council approved a building codes resolution and a motion to further investigate a possible update on the city’s agreement with Verizon Wireless.
Haralson County commissioners have been asked to come up with a plan to trim a whopping $1 million out of the county’s budget in order to keep the county government in operation through the rest of the fiscal year.
The Bowdon Junction man accused of exposing himself to a 5-year-old in a Bremen restaurant this summer pleaded guilty to a charge of child molestation in Carroll County Superior Court.
Despite the new graduation rate formula that pulled most school system’s graduation rate down in recent years, overall the graduation rate in the state of Georgia is still on the rise.
The city of Waco has set guidelines for their new beer and wine package sales ordinance and is expected to officially approve the law at their next regular meeting in January.
The Bremen Board of Education received several items of good news during their regular meeting last week as well as approved the school calendar for the next two years.
Haralson County commissioners heard a poignant complaint about conditions at the county jail during a regular meeting on Dec. 3 – a meeting in which the members also aired their sharp divides on managing the county’s high-tech computer system and took up a surprise proposal that the five-member board itself be abolished.
A veritable forest of Christmas trees have sprung up in Haralson County, and they’re all for charity.
The city of Bremen recently held a called meeting, along with the Tallapoosa City Council and the Haralson County Board of Commissioners, to hold a mediation at Tisinger Vance PC Attorneys at Law in Carrollton to discuss a Service Delivery agreement. However, no agreement was reached.
Current Polk County Superior Court Judge Richard Sutton has announced that he will not seek re-election to his current post.
Amid national news coverage, a Tallapoosa soldier’s selfless act has won the hearts of the family of a fellow soldier killed in Afghanistan, according to Suni Chabrow, mother of the fallen warrior.
Tallapoosa Mayor William “Pete” Bridges is bringing out his truck once again for the annual Mayor’s Christmas Motorcade.
The Allen, Barclay and Walker families work their way through the checkout process on Thanksgiving Day last week during Christmas in Possum Snout – the annual tradition of local businesses opening on Thursday afternoon before the Black Friday sales begin.
The holidays are here, and for Tallapoosa residents that means it’s time for the town’s annual Christmas events to begin. From Santa visits to the infamous Possum Drop, Tallapoosa’s holiday traditions always provide a wealth of fun for the whole family.
Santa Claus gave up his reindeer for a day earlier this month to help 106 area bikers collect $6,000 worth of toys for Harlason County Toys For Tots' collection during the Toys for Tots Ride to the Kermit Chambers VFW Post 7402 near Buchanan.
From all over the state they came, 106 bikers strong, bringing more than $6,000 worth of toys to be given at Christmas as part of the 2013 Toys for Tots drive for needy families, sponsored by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve in Haralson County.
During their regular meeting, the Bremen Board of Education heard financial updates and approved updates to the strategic plan and the budget.
The question of who should manage Haralson County’s transition to a high-tech communications network grew more contentious last week as commissioners, consultants, and even members of the public had heated words during a Nov. 20 work session.
While one firefighter had pledged to run the first annual Run for Freedom 5K in full turnout gear on Sept. 7, in the end, he had a few friends along. The morning of the run, Engineer Corey Coggins, far right, who had pledged to run the race in full gear if 100 people signed up, was joined by Fire Chief Jason Hurley, left, and Firefighter Josh Ingram, center. All three firefighters finished the race together at just over 35 minutes. The race had roughly 60 entries and raise $2,300 for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.
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