October 3, 2017
Georgia Health News
The Crowd as a Last Resort
More and more Americans turn to crowdfunding for help with rising medical costs, but the competition for sympathy can be tough
Maurice Tanner has some good days, but many more bad ones. On the bad days, he’s depressed and tired. “I cry a lot,” he says, in a soft, almost apologetic tone.
On a bad day, he sits in a rocking chair on the wooden porch of his house near Oxford in metro Atlanta, wearing his slouch hat and staring out at a gravel path that leads to a small road. He looks at the lush grass, the large oak trees, the neighbor’s mobile home and a gray propane tank.
In March, Tanner, who is 62 and tall, with a shuffling walk, was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer. The tumor has spread to his bone marrow and lungs. He also suffers from myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes severe muscle weakness, as well as from diabetes and epilepsy.
On a bad day, he wonders how much longer he can afford to be sick. That’s why his wife, Katherine, started a crowdfunding campaign for him on GoFundMe.com. “I thought, ‘How can we pay for all those treatments?’ ” she says. “Then someone at church suggested I give crowdfunding a try.”
September 26, 2017
Georgia Health News
Hipster Health Insurance "Oscar" may come to Atlanta
The New York based insurance startup, co-founded by Josh Kushner, brother of President Trump's son-in-law, plans to expand its footprint in the coming years.
Mario Schlosser is used to giving tours of his company’s headquarters, and he’s used to the visitors’ reaction to it.
“Everyone who’s familiar with the world of health insurance says this has a totally different feel to it,” says the 39-year-old founder and CEO of Oscar Health.
The New York City office is located in the iconic 19th-century red brick Puck Building in Manhattan’s trendy Nolita district. In a large, breezy loft with white walls, red ceiling pipes, yellow cafeteria chairs and a few ping pong tables sprinkled around, employees wearing large headphones work on slick, silver laptops.
Oscar calls itself a health insurance company, but it is really a technology start-up. Founded in 2012, Oscar has stirred up the individual and the small group market, trying to redefine what health insurance looks like in the 21st century. The result is an insurer that works largely online and is as easy to navigate as an instant messaging or music streaming service.
August 4, 2017
These Classes Teach The Kiss Of Life — Exclusively For Pets
There's a growing demand for CPR and first aid courses for cats and dogs. Veterinarians often have mixed feelings about this trend.
Summer is a busy time for Anne Blanton — and a time full of adventures for her four-legged clients. Blanton is the owner of Brookhaven Barks, a pet-sitting agency mostly for dogs.
Blanton often has to deal with the flip side of summer temptations, in Georgia particularly — snakebites and heat strokes, for example, and all the nicks and cuts that come with exploring the outdoors. "I want to be fully prepared for any type of emergency," she says.
That's why she decided to enroll herself and her employees in a CPR and first aid course, one specifically designed for pets. I dropped in on a class in Atlanta.
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