The 2018 Legislative Session began on January 8, 2018. 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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Consumer Coverage and Protection for Out-of-Network Medical Care Act SB 359 House Second Readers
“Surprise Billing and Consumer Protection Act” SB 8 Passed House
“Medicaid Expansion”; Medical assistance; authorization of appropriations for the purposes of obtaining federal financial participation for medical assistance payments to providers; provide HB 669 House Second Readers

Legislation we’re watching

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Medical Assistance; commissioner of human services waives the first $25,000 of any estate; provide SB 370 Signed by Governor
Delegation of Authority to Physician Assistants; higher supervisory ratio; completed a board approve anesthesiologist assistant program; authorize SB 364 Signed by Governor
Health Coordination and Innovation Council of the State of Georgia; create SB 357 Vetoed by Governor
Health; general provisions; patient brokering; prohibit; Commission on Substance Abuse and Recovery; establish; fraudulent insurance act; provide SB 352 House Second Readers
Nurses; administrative purposes only; Georgia Board of Nursing to Department of Community Health; transfer SB 334 House Second Readers
“Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Act” SB 325 Passed House
Medicaid Claims; false or fraudulent; recover the maximum penalty authorized by federal law; increase the civil penalties SB 321 Signed by Governor
Autism; age limit for coverage for autism spectrum disorders for an individual covered under a policy or contract; change SB 118 Signed by Governor
House Study Committee on Retrospective Emergency Room Policies HR 1194 Passed House
Opioid Alternative Treatment Act HB 943 House Second Readers
Education; health; provide for instruction HB 941 House Second Readers
Revenue and taxation; tax rate on modified risk tobacco products; lessen HB 877 House Third Reading Lost
Insurance; coverage by health benefit plans for certain services and procedures covered by Medicaid or Medicare; require HB 875 House Second Readers
Prescription Drug Benefits Freedom of Information and Consumer Protection Act HB 873 House Second Readers
Insurance; require insurers to develop selection standards for provider participation; provisions HB 872 House Second Readers
Georgia Commission on Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons HB 844 Signed by Governor
Insurance; prohibitions on discrimination against victims of family violence to include victims of sexual assault; expand HB 786 House Second Readers
Crimes and offenses; provisions relating to permissible users with access to drug monitoring program data base; revise HB 782 Passed Senate
Health; recommendations from the House Rural Development Council; provisions HB 769 Signed by Governor
Health; pilot program to provide preexposure assistance to persons at risk of HIV infection; establish HB 755 Passed House Committee
Medical assistance; Medicaid recipients receive unrestricted access to hemophilia medications; provide HB 747 House Second Readers
Insurance; modernization and updates; provisions HB 734 Senate Second Read
Health; service cancelable loan program for certain health professionals in areas lacking in mental health services; expand HB 733 House Second Readers
Health; certain notice in a mammogram report to patients with dense breast tissue; require HB 715 House Second Readers
State employment; drug testing; allow testing for all forms of opioids HB 701 Signed by Governor
Insurance; consumer protections regarding health insurance; provisions HB 678 Senate Read and Referred