The 2019 Legislative Session began on January 14, 2019. 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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Expand Medicaid Now Act; enact HB 37 House Second Readers
Medical Assistance; authorization of appropriations for purposes of obtaining federal financial participation; Medicaid expansion; provide SB 36 Senate Read and Referred
Consumer Coverage and Protection for Out-of Network Medical Care Act SB 56 House Second Readers
Patients First Act SB 106 Senate Date Signed by Governor

Legislation we’re watching

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Sales and use tax; certain menstrual products; create exemption HB 8 House Second Readers
Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact; enter into an interstate compact HB 26 Senate Passed/Adopted
Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Act; enter into an interstate compact HB 39 House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
Health; require certain notice in mammogram report to patients with dense breast tissue HB 62 Senate Passed/Adopted
Insurance; health benefit plans to establish step therapy protocols; require HB 63 House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
Jeremy Nelson and Nick Blakely Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act; enact HB 78 House Second Readers
Quality Basic Education Act; recess for students in kindergarten and grades one through five; provide HB 83 Senate Passed/Adopted
Insurance; provide for consumer protections regarding health insurance HB 84 House Third Reading Lost
State health planning and development; integrated ambulatory surgery centers; provide exemption from certificate of need requirements HB 89 House Postponed
Insurance; provide for modernization and updates HB 99 House Receded from Amend or Sub
Insurance; insurers do not have to notify the Georgia Composite Medical Board of agreements to settle medical malpractice claims against physicians when the settlement resulted in the low payment under a high/low agreement; provide HB 128 Senate Passed/Adopted
Quality Basic Education Act; course of study in sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention instruction is medically accurate; require HB 133 House Second Readers
Taxes on tobacco products; change certain definitions HB 145 House Second Readers
Taxes on tobacco products; change certain definitions HB 146 House Second Readers
Medical assistance; Medicaid recipients have the same access to antiretroviral regimens used to treat HIV and AIDS as to those included in the formulary established for the Georgia AIDS Drugs Assistance Programs; provide HB 158 Senate Read and Referred
Genetic Counselors Act; enact HB 166 House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
Mental health; provide for assisted outpatient treatment programs HB 178 House Second Readers
Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program; repeal certain Article HB 188 House Second Readers
Office of Planning and Budget; provide for the establishment of the Strategic Integrated Data System HB 197 Senate Passed/Adopted
Health; eliminate certificate of need requirements for all health care facilities except certain long-term care facilities and services HB 198 House Reconsidered
Vaccine protocol agreements; geographic limitation on pharmacists; remove HB 214 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Crimes and offenses; employees and agents of syringe services programs are not subject to certain offenses relating to hypodermic syringes and needles; provide HB 217 House Sent to Governor
Insurance; discrimination against victims of family violence to include victims of sexual assault; expand prohibitions HB 227 Senate Passed/Adopted
Pharmacy Anti-Steering and Transparency Act; enact HB 233 House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
Gun Safety Act; enact HB 238 House Second Readers
Public officials’ conduct and lobbyist disclosure; persons promoting or opposing any matter regarding the EMSC Program are subject to transparency and lobbyist disclosure laws; provide HB 264 Senate Conference Committee Appointed 53rd, 28th, 9th
Income tax; certain physicians serving as community based faculty physicians; delete deduction HB 287 Senate Passed/Adopted
Health; pilot program to provide preexposure assistance to persons at risk of HIV infection; establish HB 290 Senate Passed/Adopted
Insurance, Department of; must submit an autism coverage report to General Assembly; move annual due date to June 15 HB 310 Senate Passed/Adopted
Juvenile Code; create treatment program within juvenile court relating to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse HB 318 House Second Readers
Health; hospital Medicaid financing program; extend sunset provision HB 321 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Insurance; administration of claims by pharmacy benefit managers; revise provisions HB 323 House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
Georgia’s Hope Act; enact HB 324 House Conference Committee Report Adopted
Penal institutions; pregnant female inmates or a female inmate who is in the immediate postpartum period; provide prohibited practices HB 345 House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
Property; prohibit retaliation by a landlord against a tenant for taking certain actions HB 346 House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
Education; development of an educational fact sheet that provides information concerning the use and misuse of opioid drugs in the event that a student-athlete or cheerleader is prescribed an opiod for a sport-related injury; require HB 369 House Second Readers
Insurance; statement indicating that the subscriber’s health policy is fully insured is included on a subscriber’s health insurance identification card; require HB 385 House Second Readers
Juvenile Code; treatment program within the juvenile court relating to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse; create HB 441 House Second Readers
Education; grant program to encourage certain physicians to practice in underserved areas of the state; create HB 442 House Second Readers
Penal institutions; provide matters related to the housing, health, and care of female inmates HB 475 House Second Readers
Social services; improvements to the operation of the child abuse registry; provide HB 478 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Hidden Predator Act of 2019; enact HB 479 House Second Readers
Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act; enact HB 481 House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
Controlled substances; Schedules I, IV, and V; change certain provisions HB 483 Senate Passed/Adopted
Property; provide for the resolution of disputes in which a medical funding provider has provided payment to a consumer’s health care provider HB 484 House Second Readers
Georgia Mental Health Reform and Innovation Commission; create HB 514 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Georgia school districts; have an emergency medical technician (EMT) present during all full-contact sporting events; urge HR 367 House Second Readers
Joint Study Committee on Infant and Toddler Social and Emotional Health; create HR 421 House Passed/Adopted By Substitute
Medical Assistance; program of premium assistance to enable eligible individuals to obtain health care coverage; provide SB 3 Senate Read and Referred
Legislative Services; private lactation room open to the public in the Capitol Building or the Paul D. Coverdell Legislative Office Building; provide SB 4 Senate Read Second Time
Invasion of Privacy; sexual extortion; prohibit; definitions; elements of the crime; provide SB 9 House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
“Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Act” SB 16 House Passed/Adopted
Direct Primary Care Act SB 18 House Passed/Adopted
Insurance; imposing a copayment, coinsurance, or office visit charge in an amount greater than charges imposed for physician; prohibit SB 28 Senate Read and Referred
Dyslexia; identification of and support for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade; provide SB 48 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Jeremy Nelson and Nick Blakely Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act SB 60 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Health; certificate of need requirements for all health care facilities except certain long-term facilities and services; eliminate SB 74 Senate Read and Referred
Insurance; certain health insurers to cover emergency medical care; require SB 90 Senate Read and Referred
Hospitals and Other Health Care Facilities; nursing homes and personal care homes; backup power sources in the event of power outage; require SB 113 Senate Read and Referred
Health; certificate of need requirements; provisions; revise; Health Strategies Council; establish SB 114 Senate Read and Referred
Medical Practice Act of the State of Georgia”; telemedicine licenses for physicians in other states; engage in the practice of medicine with patients in this state through telemedicine; provide SB 115 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Insurance; Georgia Telemedicine Act; modernize; Telemedicine Act the Telehealth Act; rename SB 118 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data Base; length of time prescription information is retained from two years to five years; increase SB 121 House Passed/Adopted
Handicapped Persons; installation and maintenance of adult changing stations in certain commercial public facilities for persons with disabilities; provide SB 125 Senate Read and Referred
Insurance; statement indicating that the subscriber’s health policy is fully insured is included on a subscriber’s health insurance identification card; require SB 142 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Anti-Human Trafficking Protective Response Act SB 158 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Prescription Drug Benefits Freedom of Information and Consumer Protection Act SB 195 House Receded from Amend or Sub
Education; testing of drinking water in child care learning centers and schools for lead contamination; require SB 199 Senate Read and Referred
Joint Study Committee on Transferring Oversight of Developmental Disabilities to the Department of Community Health; create SR 194 Senate Read and Referred