On Second Thought For Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Georgia has the seventh highest rate of uninsured children in the country. The problem is especially severe in low-income communities. The report from Voices of Georgia's Children shows 80 percent of Georgia children who were eligible for medicaid or Peachcare in 2016 weren't enrolled. Virginia Prescott spoke with executive director from Voices of Georgia's Children, Erica Sitkoff, and editor of Georgia Health News, Andy Miller, about the barriers Georgians face.

Another reason kids don’t see doctors as often as they should is also a factor for adults: access. It’s not just cost, but the lack of physicians, especially in rural Georgia. Dr. Karen Kinsell is the only medical doctor in Clay County, a community of about 3,000 people south of Columbus and west of Albany. She joined us on the line from her clinic in Fort Gaines. Karen Lawrence, a community organizer at the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, also joined us. She helps educate families and individuals about their health care options. They spoke of a health care crisis brewing in rural Georgia.

Being a teenager today is difficult enough. For many, shifting definitions of sexual orientation adds layers of adolescent angst. A new young adult novel from The New York Times bestselling author, Nic Stone follows how questions of gender and indentity play out in the lives of three teens in a Decatur high school. Stone's latest young adult novel examines the lives of a trio of teens who finds themselves in a love triangle. Stone's debut novel, "Dear Martin" put her on The New York Times bestseller list. Now, her latest book is on store shelves.

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