Track Health Legislation

The 2021 Legislative Session began on January 11, 2021. 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 sign up for action alerts.

GHF released its 2021 policy priorities at our eleventh annual Health Care Unscrambled event. These annual priorities outline the issues that GHF believes are most pressing for Georgia consumers and are best addressed by the state legislature. 

Georgians for a Healthy Future Legislative Priorities

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Mental Health Parity Act; enact HB 49 House Second Readers
Submit state plan amendment to implement express lane enrollment in Medicaid; direct HB 163 Senate Read and Referred
Georgia All-Payer Claims Database; entities that receive certain tax credits; self-funded, employer sponsored health insurance plans are submitting entities; provide SB 1 Senate Read and Referred
“Ensuring Transparency in Prior Authorization Act”; enact SB 80 Senate Read and Referred

Legislation we’re watching

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Education, Department of; develop guidelines for use of telehealth services in public schools HB 9 House Prefiled
Support for Students Living in Poverty Act; enact HB 10 House Second Readers
Safe Patient Limits Act; enact HB 11 House Second Readers
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact Act; enact HB 34 House Committee Favorably Reported
Public buildings; indoor air quality assessments; require HB 36 House Prefiled
Public schools; operational wheelchair onsite at all times; require HB 37 House Prefiled
Individual Short-Term Health Insurance Consumer Protection Act HB 39 House Prefiled
Health Benefit Plan Network Access and Adequacy Act HB 41 House Prefiled
Grant program to encourage certain physicians to practice in underserved areas HB 42 House Prefiled
Penal institutions; policies for breast milk storage and breast feeding; provide “ HB 57 House Second Readers
Georgia Women’s Care Act HB 58 House Prefiled
New Mothers Medicaid Expansion Act HB 72 House Second Readers
Insurance; out-of-pocket costs for consumers requiring insulin; reduce HB 73 House Second Readers
Social services; temporary assistance for needy families; revise definition of cash assistance HB 91 House Second Readers
Health; eliminate duplicative state licensure and regulation of clinical laboratories; provisions HB 93 Senate Read and Referred
Income tax; refundable earned income tax credit; provide credit HB 95 House Second Readers
Provide certain immunities from liability claims regarding COVID-19; extend applicability for one year HB 112 Senate Read and Referred
Prohibit providers from discriminating against potential organ transplant recipients due solely to the physical or mental disability of the potential recipient HB 128 Senate Read and Referred
Public officers and employees; paid parental leave for eligible state employees and eligible local board of education employees; provide HB 146 House Passed/Adopted
Prescription Drug Consumer Financial Protection Act HB 164 House Second Readers
Course of study in sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention instruction is medically accurate HB 195 House Second Readers
Public assistance; Medicaid Expansion Program; provide establishment Versions HB 209 House Second Readers
Health; order not to resuscitate; revise parental requirement for consent HB 212 Senate Read and Referred
Full practice authority for advance practice registered nurses; provide HB 213 House Second Readers
Social services; individuals to buy-in to Medicaid coverage; allow HB 214 House Second Readers
Social services; use of telehealth options in the Medicaid program; expand HB 215 House Second Readers
Department of; annual quality and payment reporting for health care plans and programs administered; provide HB 217 House Second Readers
General Assembly; pilot program to evaluate whether health notes to assess the potential health impact by proposed legislation should be required by the General Assembly; provide HB 219 House Second Readers
Self-funded Healthcare Plan Opt-in to the Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act; enact HB 234 Senate Read and Referred
Mental health; Department of Behavioral Health conduct or coordinate all audits of behavioral health providers; provide HB 239 House Second Readers
Professions and businesses; podiatry; amend a provision relating to fingerprint and criminal background checks HB 245 Senate Read and Referred
The Maternity Supportive Housing Act; enact HB 257 House Second Readers
Health; establish pilot program to conduct a simulated exchange for health care facilities to purchase and sell charity care credits to meet their charity care requirements; provide HB 261 House Second Readers
The Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact Act; enact HB 268 Senate Read and Referred
Community Health, Department of; assess one or more provider matching payments on ambulance services; authorize HB 271 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Education; tobacco and vapor products in course of instruction regarding alcohol and drugs; include HB 287 Senate Read and Referred
Hospitals and nursing homes; policy during a declared public health emergency that limits patients’ abilities to be visited by designated family members and friends; provisions HB 290 House Second Readers
Georgia Telehealth Act; revise HB 307 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Pharmacies; increase pharmacist to pharmacy technician ratio for providing direct supervision at any time HB 316 House Second Readers
Insurance; health care insurers to offer group health benefit plans to state and local governments to insure inmates and certain other persons in police custody; require HB 320 House Second Readers
Insurance; health care insurers to offer group health benefit plans to hospitals to provide health insurance coverage for uninsured hospital patients; require HB 321 House Second Readers
Jarom’s Act; enact HB 346 House Second Readers
Controlled substances; Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V; change certain provisions HB 367 House Passed/Adopted
Physicians; job description submission to Georgia Composite Medical Board; provisions HB 369 House Second Readers
Health; term limits for members of joint hospital authorities; provide HB 370 House Second Readers
Georgia Women’s Care (Child Care Alternatives, Resources, and Education) Act; enact HB 377 House Second Readers
Expanding Medicaid to Improve Health Outcomes for New Mothers Act; enact HB 381 House Second Readers
Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program; repeal Article HB 382 House Second Readers
Vulnerable Child Protection Act; enact HB 401 House Second Readers
Health; prohibit state or local governments from requiring individuals to submit to vaccinations as a condition to certain actions if the vaccine does not meet certain conditions HB 413 House Second Readers
Professions and businesses; licensure of advanced practice registered nurses; provide HB 430 House Second Readers
Local government; continue certain contracts for health insurance for spouses or dependents of deceased peace officers; require HB 434 House Second Readers
State employees’ health insurance plan; all contracts contain provisions relating to disclosure of cost related data; require HB 447 House Second Readers
Social services; all contracts for health care coverage or services under Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids Program contain provisions relating to disclosure of cost related data; require HB 448 House Second Readers
Low THC Oil Patient Registry; authorize Department of Public Health to release deidentified data to government entities for research HB 450 House Second Readers
Insurance; certain coverage requirements concerning providers that become out-of-network during a plan year; provide HB 454 House Second Readers
Georgia Composite Medical Board; require certain training relating to sexual misconduct for members HB 458 House Second Readers
Governor; continued operation of businesses during a public health state of emergency if they comply with certain health and safety measures; provide HB 468 House First Readers
Controlled substances; provide for concurrent prescribing of an opioid antagonist with opioids under certain circumstances HB 474 House First Readers
Insurance; require certain insurers to make at least one reasonably priced comprehensive major medical health insurance policy available HB 509 House First Readers
Insurance; Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; update references HB 514 House First Readers
Insurance; health care services; provide good faith estimates HB 523 House First Readers
Medical Practice Act of the State of Georgia; institutional licenses; revise provisions HB 539 House Hopper
Insurance; health care sharing ministries; change a definition HB 552 House Hopper
Newborn Screening and Genetics Advisory Committee; create HB 567 House Second Readers
Newborn Screening and Genetics Advisory Committee; create HB 567 House Hopper
Youth Mental Health Protection Act; enact HB 569 House Second Readers
Youth Mental Health Protection Act; enact HB 569 House Hopper
Law enforcement officers and agencies; mental health operatives; provide training requirements HB 571 House Hopper
Mental health; grant program to establish assisted outpatient treatment programs; provide HB 590 House Second Readers
Mental health; marriage and family therapists to perform certain acts which physicians and others are authorized to perform; authorize HB 591 House Second Readers
Torts; gross negligence standard in actions involving COVID-19 liability claims against healthcare facilities, healthcare providers, entities, and individuals; clarify HB 592 House Second Readers
Health; provide for authorized electronic monitoring in long-term care facilities HB 605 House Second Readers
Professions and businesses; athletic trainers; revise and update definitions HB 627 House First Readers
Health; criminal background checks on individuals independently retained to provide personal care services for elderly persons who reside in a personal care home or assisted living facility; provide HB 628 House First Readers
Joint Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure; create HR 52 House Committee Favorably Reported
Drug Abuse Treatment and Education Programs; patient brokering; prohibit; definitions; exceptions; penalties; provide SB 4 House Second Readers
Professions and Businesses; patient protection measures for patients undergoing sedation in certain settings; provide SB 5 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Hospitals and other Health Care Facilities; hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to utilize surgical smoke evacuation systems during surgical procedures to protect patients and health care workers from the hazards of surgical smoke; require SB 19 Senate Read and Referred
Noncovered Eye Care Services Act SB 43 House Second Readers
Certain medical personnel to administer vaccines during public health emergencies under certain conditions SB 46 Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute
Program of premium assistance to enable eligible individuals to obtain health care coverage SB 50 Senate Read and Referred
‘Georgia Family Medical Leave Act’; enact SB 55 Senate Read and Referred
Emergency Medical Services; prudent layperson standard is not affected by the final diagnosis given; clarify SB 82 Senate Read Second Time
Public Assistance; Medicaid public option program to provide healthcare coverage to individuals not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, or the PeachCare for Kids Program; provide SB 83 Senate Read and Referred
Health; local boards of education to provide feminine hygiene products to students at no charge to the students; require SB 91 Senate Read and Referred
Insurance; diagnostic examinations for breast cancer shall not be treated less favorably than screening examinations for breast cancer with respect to cost-sharing requirements and treatment limitations; provide SB 103 Senate Read and Referred
Commission for the Blind and the Visually Impaired; create SB 108 Senate Read and Referred
Health; licensure and regulation of community midwives; ‘Georgia Community Midwife Act’ SB 111 Senate Read and Referred
Children and Youth Services; registration of maternity supportive house residences to provide housing for pregnant women; provide SB 116 Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
HIV Tests; modernization of HIV related laws to align with science; provide SB 164 Senate Read and Referred
Insurance; health benefit policies to provide coverage for expenses incurred in home childbirth; require SB 170 Senate Read and Referred
Medical Assistance; authorization of appropriations for the purposes of obtaining federal financial participation for medical assistance payments to providers of Medicaid expansion; provide SB 172 Senate Read and Referred
Insurance; health benefit policies to provide coverage for expenses incurred in home childbirth; require SB 172 Senate Read and Referred
Medicaid Coverage for Lactation and Postpartum Care; Department of Community Health to allow mothers giving birth to retain Medicaid eligibility for one year; require SB 173 Senate Read and Referred
Insurance; out-of-pocket cost of consumers requiring insulin; reduce SB 181 Senate Read and Referred
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities; fully funded services to individuals on the New Options Waiver (NOW) or Comprehensive Supports Waiver (COMP) waiting list; require SB 208 Senate Read and Referred
Regulation of Hospitals; certified medication aides to administer certain medications to nursing home residents; authorize SB 215 Senate Read and Referred