The 2017 Legislative Session begins on January 9, 2017. Below please find a listing of bills that Georgians for a Healthy Future is tracking during this session. New bills will be added as they are introduced. For email updates on how to stay involved click here.

Georgians for a Healthy Future Legislative Priorities

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“Surprise Billing”; Consumer protections regarding health insurance HB 71 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Expand Medicaid NOW Act HB 188 House Second Readers
Medicaid expansion SB 7 Senate Read and Referred
“Surprise Billing and Consumer Protection Act”; health insurance; provide consumer protections; definitions SB 8 Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute

Legislation we’re watching

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Optometrists; permit administration of pharmaceutical agents by injection under certain circumstances HB 36 House Second Readers
General Appropriations, State Fiscal Year July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 HB 44 House Passed/Adopted By Substitute
Rural hospital tax credit expansion HB 54 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Protection and Guarantee of Service for Health Insurance Consumers Act HB 63 House Second Readers
Protection and Guarantee of Service for Health Insurance Consumers Act HB 64 Senate Read and Referred
Dental hygienists; perform certain functions under general supervision HB 154 Senate Read and Referred
Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act HB 228 House Second Readers
Controlled substances; Schedules I, II, IV and V; change certain provisions HB 231 Senate Read and Referred
Medical cannabis; production and sale to certain individuals for medical usage HR 36 House Second Readers
Governor; negotiate with federal authorities to receive a waiver creating per capita block grant funding for indigent health care HR 182 House Second Readers
Joint Study Committee on Reforming HIV Related Criminal Laws HR 240 House Second Readers
Mental Health Treatment Task Force SB 4 House Second Readers
Mental Health; emergency examinations of a person for involuntary evaluation SB 11 Senate Prefiled
Dental Hygienists; perform certain functions under general supervision; authorize licensed dental hygienists SB 12 House Second Readers
Low THC Oil Patient Registry SB 16 House First Readers
Georgia Health Care Transparency Initiative SB 25 Senate Read and Referred
Mental Health; transport certain mentally ill patients; authorization of emergency medical services personnel SB 40 House Second Readers
Direct Primary Care Act SB 50 Senate Read Second Time
Georgia Family Planning Initiative SB 61 Senate Read and Referred
‘Georgia Family Medical Leave Act’ SB 63 Senate Read and Referred
Renewal of provider fee SB 70 Signed into law
“Jeffrey Dallas Gay, Jr., Act.”; opioid antagonists SB 81 Senate Read Second Time
Narcotic Treatment Programs Enforcement Act SB 88 Senate Read Second Time
Emergency Medical Services; emergency cardiac care centers SB 102 Senate Read Second Time
‘The Pharmacy Patient Fair Practices Act’ SB 103 Senate Read and Referred
“Jeffrey Dallas Gay, Jr., Act” SB 121 Senate Read and Referred
Physician Assistants; authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products; authorize a physician to delegate to a physician assistant SB 125 Senate Read Second Time
Insurance; copayment, coinsurance, or office visit deductible; for services rendered by a physical therapist; prohibit certain insurers from imposing SB 164 Senate Read and Referred
Senate Study Committee on Barriers to Georgians’ Access to Adequate Healthcare SR 188 Senate Read and Referred