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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.

Blood Drive in Macon County

Blood Drive in Macon County

A blood drive is happening in Macon County today from 3-7 p.m. at the Preston Center in Montezuma.

That's on Hwy 90.


Rural Montezuma Emergency Room Could Close

Montezuma in rural Macon County is home to the area's only emergency room for more than 20 miles at Flint River Hospital.

But now, the privately-run hospital is considering scrapping the ER for an urgent care center, saying in a letter that it "will not only optimize reimbursement but will offer a cheaper alternative for the underinsured."

Macon County EMS Director Joe Weaver says it will actually lead to less care because urgent care centers can't handle more severe medical situations, and that ambulances would have to travel longer distances to either Americus or Perry.

"Any trauma, any heart attack, they won't be able to do a whole lot there for you," Weaver says.

He says currently, by the time an ambulance takes a call and brings someone to the hospital, it's around 20 minutes.  But they say if it were closed, it could take an hour and a half or more.

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.

PHOTO OF THE DAY | Two Inches of Rain

PHOTO OF THE DAY | Two Inches of Rain

Chris Parker of Ogelthorpe says he got two inches of rain in his backyard last night!

Share your photos with us at whereyoulive@13wmaz.com for possible feature online.

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.

Blood Drive in Macon County

Blood Drive in Macon County

A blood drive takes place in Montezuma Tuesday.

Blood donors can  participate at the Preston Center, located on Highway 90 from 3-7 p.m.

See a map of the Preston Center.