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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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Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act; a medical or traumatic condition includes a mental health condition or substance use disorder; emergency medical services include post-stabilization services; clarify Versions SB 566 Senate Sent to Governor
Medicaid; postpartum coverage under Medicaid from six months to one year following birth; increase SB 338 Senate Sent to Governor
Healthcare Services; guidelines for the prior authorization of a prescribed medication for chronic conditions requiring ongoing medication therapy; provide SB 341 Senate Sent to Governor
Social services; treatment services under Medicaid to persons with HIV; provisions HB 1192 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Insurance; annual reporting regarding mental health parity in healthcare plans; provide SB 342 House Withdrawn, Recommitted
Mental Health Parity Act; enact Versions HB 1013 House Sent to Governor
Medicaid Continuity of Coverage Program; establish HB 1273 House Second Readers
Medical assistance; authorization of appropriations for the purposes of obtaining federal financial participation for medical assistance payments; provisions HB 630 House Second Readers

Legislation we’re watching

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Physicians; job description submission to Georgia Composite Medical Board; provisions HB 369 Senate Tabled
Social services; three-year pilot program to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of PANDAS and PANS under Medicaid; provide HB 1484 Senate Tabled
Georgia Women’s CARE (Child Care Alternatives, Resources, and Education) Act, enact Versions HB 1092 Senate Tabled
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 Senate Tabled
Georgia Smoke-free Air Act; revise HB 1348 Senate Tabled
Department of Community Health; conduct a comprehensive review of provider reimbursement rates for home and community based services covered by the waiver programs; require SB 610 Senate Sent to Governor
State Government; state and local governments from mandating vaccine passports; prohibit SB 345 Senate Sent to Governor
“Georgia Behavioral Health and Peace Officer Co-Responder Act”; enact SB 403 Senate Sent to Governor
Commission for the Blind and the Visually Impaired; create SB 108 Senate Read Second Time
Senate Costs and Effects of Smoking Study Committee; create SR 364 Senate Read Second Time
Controlled substances; certain persons to carry prescription medications in a compartmentalized container; authorize HB 1279 Senate Read Second Time
Low THC Oil Patient Registry; authorize Department of Public Health to release deidentified data to government entities for research HB 450 Senate Read and Referred
Insurance; coverage of dental care provided by means of teledentistry; provide SB 540 Senate Read and Referred
Controlled Substances; notification requirements for prescribers prescribing opioids; revise SB 571 Senate Read and Referred
Healthcare; use of proceeds for public health care; authorize SB 574 Senate Read and Referred
Insurance; health benefit policies to provide coverage for expenses incurred in home childbirth; require SB 172 Senate Read and Referred
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
Insurance; health care sharing ministries; change a definition SB 592 Senate Read and Referred
Insurance; health benefit policies to provide coverage for expenses incurred in home childbirth; require SB 170 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
Health; order not to resuscitate; revise parental requirement for consent HB 212 Senate Read and Referred
Health; licensure and regulation of community midwives; ‘Georgia Community Midwife Act’ SB 111 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
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
Health; pilot program to fund rural birthing centers associated with hospitals with emergency departments; provide SB 270 Senate Read and Referred
Health care data collection; hospitals maintain certain technology; provisions HB 697 Senate Read and Referred
“Women’s Health and Safety Act”; enact SB 351 Senate Read and Referred
Family Medical Leave Fund; create SR 42 Senate Read and Referred
Joint PeaceCare Public Option Study Committee; create SR 153 Senate Read and Referred
Truth in Prescription Pricing for Patients Act; enact HB 867 Senate Read and Referred
Community Health, Department of; pharmacy benefits management for Medicaid program; provide HB 1351 Senate Read and Referred
Rural Health Advancement Commission; create HB 1371 Senate Read and Referred
Community Health, Department of; submit waiver request to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to authorize private institutions for mental disease to qualify for Medicaid reimbursement HB 1404 Senate Read and Referred
“Prescription Drug Rebate Financial Protection Act”; enact SB 518 Senate Read and Referred
Medical Practice Act of the State of Georgia; institutional licenses; revise provisions HB 539 Senate Lost
“Giving the Gift of Life Act”; enact SB 330 Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub As Amended
Emergency Medical Services; prudent layperson standard is not affected by the final diagnosis given; clarify SB 82 House Withdrawn, Recommitted
Income tax; tax credits for contributions to rural hospital organizations; increase aggregate limit HB 1041 House Sent to Governor
Medicaid; coverage for annual mammograms at no cost to recipient; provide HB 937 House Sent to Governor
OneGeorgia Authority Act; grant program to establish primary care medical facilities in health professional shortage areas; provide HB 1042 House Sent to Governor
Mental health; adult mental health programs; provide licensure HB 1069 House Sent to Governor
Health; influenza vaccinations for discharged patients; lower age to 50 HB 1086 House Sent to Governor
Community Health, Department of; statistical reports data relating to state health plans be posted on department website; require HB 1276 House Sent to Governor
Georgia Rare Disease Advisory Council; provide establishment HB 918 House Sent to Governor
Georgia Caregivers Act; create HB 1304 House Sent to Governor
Childhood Lead Exposure Control Act; revise HB 1355 House Sent to Governor
“Georgia Food Insecurity Eradication Act”; enact SB 537 House Second Readers
Revenue and taxation; rate of taxation for tobacco and vapor products; revise HB 394 House second readers
University System of Georgia; menstrual hygiene products available at no cost to students in certain facilities; require HB 863 House Second Readers
Public assistance; use certain benefits for purchasing diapers or menstrual products; provide for waiver request HB 864 House Second Readers
Education, Department of; provide certain information to parents and guardians of students completing fifth and sixth grades regarding adolescent vaccinations HB 1416 House Second Readers
Health; increase access to disposable menstrual products in public schools, penal institutions, certain social service shelters, and housing facilities HB 861 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
Local government; continue certain contracts for health insurance for spouses or dependents of deceased peace officers; require HB 434 House Second Readers
Controlled substances; provide for concurrent prescribing of an opioid antagonist with opioids under certain circumstances HB 474 House Second Readers
Public officers and employees; contracts for healthcare coverage contain provisions that ensure laboratory services are available at in-network rates; require HB 1442 House Second Readers
Community Health, Department of; contract with dental care administrators to cover dental service for recipients of medical assistance; provide HB 1449 House Second Readers
Health, Department of; work with Department of Community Health to enhance HIV prevention for Medicaid beneficiaries HR 843 House Second Readers
Professions and businesses; definition of physical therapy to include ordering diagnostic imaging and using ultrasound; revise HB 1514 House Second Readers
Health; repeal in its entirety Chapter 26 relating to midwifery; provide for licensure and regulation of community midwives; provide for an exception HB 1518 House Second Readers
Healthy Georgia Act; enact HB 1526 House Second Readers
Children and Youth Services; registration of maternity supportive house residences to provide housing for pregnant women; provide SB 116 House Second Readers
Education, Department of; develop guidelines for use of telehealth services in public schools HB 9 House Second Readers
Medical Cannabis; the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission is subject to state procurement laws; provide SB 609 House Second Readers
Mental Health Parity Act; enact HB 49 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
Mental health; Department of Behavioral Health conduct or coordinate all audits of behavioral health providers; provide HB 239 House Second Readers
Public Health, Department of; conduct surveys of children and youth on identified core measures to promote healthy living and for use in accessing applicable federal funds; require HB 1554 House Second Readers
Pharmacists; dispense opioid antagonists to individuals who have been prescribed opioids; authorize HB 1559 House Second Readers
Safe Patient Limits Act; enact HB 11 House Second Readers
Insurance; health care services; provide good faith estimates HB 523 House Second Readers
Insurance; out-of-pocket costs for consumers requiring insulin; reduce HB 73 House Second Readers
Income tax; refundable earned income tax credit; provide credit HB 95 House Second Readers
Insurance; health care sharing ministries; change a definition HB 552 House Second Readers
Law enforcement officers and agencies; mental health operatives; provide training requirements HB 571 House Second Readers
Support for Students Living in Poverty Act; enact HB 10 House Second Readers
Youth Mental Health Protection Act; enact HB 569 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
Professions and businesses; athletic trainers; revise and update definitions HB 627 House Second 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 Second Readers
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired Act; enact HB 648 House Second Readers
Health; visitation by essential visitors to patients in hospitals and residents in long-term care facilities; provide HB 649 House Second Readers
Inmate Mental Health Act; enact HB 678 House Second Readers
Narcotic treatment programs; licensing; revise composition of regions HB 690 House Second Readers
Commission for the Blind and the Visually Impaired; create HB 692 House Second Readers
Mental health; authorization of peace officers to take a person to a physician or emergency receiving facility for emergency examination under certain circumstances; provide HB 717 House Second Readers
Health; revise definitions; furnishing of copies of health records; provisions HB 832 House Second Readers
Georgia Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act; enact HB 722 House Second Readers
Mental health; notice of admission and daily updates from facility to parent or legal guardian of an involuntary minor patient under 12; provide HB 939 House Second Readers
Health insurance; teachers and state employees; prohibit Board of Community Health from entering into or renewing a contract with qualified entities under specific conditions HB 1003 House Second Readers
Racism; public health crisis in Georgia; declare HR 78 House Second Readers
Education; local school systems to conduct suicide screenings on all students age eight through eighteen; require HB 1005 House Second Readers
House Study Committee on Health in Georgia; create HR 131 House Second Readers
Mental health; standard suite of services that community service boards are required to provide in their respective service areas; provide HB 1057 House Second Readers
Mental health; emergency involuntary treatment; revise procedures HB 1065 House Second Readers
Joint Medicaid Sustainability Study Committee; create HR 186 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
Medicaid; expansion; urge HR 187 House Second Readers
Community Health, Department of; apply for federal approval to allow institutions for mental diseases to qualify for Medicaid reimbursement; urge HR 647 House Second Readers
House Study Committee on Evaluating, Simplifying, and Eliminating Duplication of Regulatory Requirements for Mental Health and Social Services Providers HR 651 House Second Readers
Expanding Medicaid to Improve Health Outcomes for New Mothers Act; enact HB 381 House Second Readers
Public Health, Department of; improve quality of care for those with HIV on the Medicaid program; urge HR 652 House Second Readers
Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program; repeal Article HB 382 House Second Readers
House Study Committee on the Safe Staffing of Nurses in Georgia; create HR 236 House Second Readers
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
Quality Basic Education Act; course of study in sex education and HIV prevention is age appropriate; provide HB 1220 House Second Readers
Health; increased awareness, education, and research regarding rare diseases; recognize HR 577 House Second Readers
Insurance; reduce out-of-pocket costs for consumers requiring insulin HB 902 House Second Readers
Insurance; basic coverage of mental wellness services; provide HB 1316 House Second Readers
Medicaid; coverage for doula services provided to an expectant mother; provide HB 727 House Second Readers
Social services; discrimination of healthcare services, including gender-affirming hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgeries; prohibit HB 1332 House Second Readers
Health; hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to utilize surgical smoke evacuation systems during surgical procedures; require HB 731 House Second Readers
Health; allow assisted living communities and personal care homes to enroll as Medicaid providers HB 1336 House Second Readers
Education; wraparound services in the multi-tiered system of supports to be provided prior to expelling or assigning a student in preschool through third grade to out-of-school suspension for more than five consecutive days during a school year; include HB 735 House Second Readers
State employees’ health benefit plans; cover medically necessary care and treatment of head and neck conditions; mandate HB 1339 House Second Readers
Social services; temporary assistance for needy families; increase access to benefits HB 741 House Second Readers
Health; certificate of need requirements; acute care hospitals established in rural counties that meet certain criteria; provide exemption HB 1403 House Second Readers
County Boards of Health; comprehensive reorganization; provide SB 256 House Reconsidered
Insurance; prohibit insurers from unilaterally changing network participation contracts impacting coverage, access to, or costs of ancillary services HB 1519 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Health; requirements relating to the use of abortion-inducing drugs; provide SB 456 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Insurance; diagnostic breast examinations shall not be treated less favorably than screening mammography for breast cancer with respect to cost-sharing requirements; provide SB 487 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Health; certificate of need requirements; revise various provisions HB 1547 House Committee Favorably Reported
House State Health Benefit Plan Study Committee; create HR 629 House Committee Favorably Reported
House Study Committee on Expanding Long-Term Care Options; create HR 768 House Committee Favorably Reported
COVID-19; include within the meaning of occupational disease for essential workers SB 291 Senate Read and Referred
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
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
Racial Equity and Reconciliation Commission of Georgia; create SB 272 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
Education; testing of drinking water in child care learning centers and schools for lead contamination; require SB 288 Senate Read and Referred
Professions and businesses; licensure of advanced practice registered nurses; provide HB 430 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
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
Georgia Community Midwife Act; enact HB 806 House Second Readers
Evidence; voluntary open communications related to healthcare; allow HB 807 House Second Readers
Sales and use tax; certain menstrual products; create exemption HB 810 House Second Readers
Prescription Drug Rebate Financial Protection Act; enact HB 823 House Second Readers
Medical assistance; Medicaid coverage for medically necessary donor human milk; provide HB 825 House Second Readers
Penal institutions; policies for breast milk storage and breast feeding; provide “ HB 57 House Second Readers
Social services; temporary assistance for needy families; revise definition of cash assistance HB 91 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
Mental health; grant program to establish assisted outpatient treatment programs; provide HB 590 House Second Readers
New Mothers Medicaid Expansion Act HB 72 House Second Readers
Health; sale and dispensing of contact lenses; eliminate certain restrictions HB 629 House Second Readers
Health; persons to wear masks, hoods, or other devices to prevent the spread of a contagious or infectious disease during and for 12 months following the conclusion of a public health emergency; authorize HB 637 House Second Readers
Community Health, Department of; notify the applicable local law enforcement agencies; require HB 695 House Second Readers
House Study Committee on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to Improve the Health of Women and Children; create HR 146 House Second Readers
Social services; use of telehealth options in the Medicaid program; expand HB 215 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
Department of; annual quality and payment reporting for health care plans and programs administered; provide HB 217 House Second Readers
The Maternity Supportive Housing Act; enact HB 257 House Second Readers
Psychiatric Advance Directive Act; enact HB 752 House Second Readers
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
Georgia Women’s Care Act HB 58 House Prefiled
Insurance; life insurers to provide certain policy information to funeral homes within 24 hours of receipt of the funeral home’s notification of an insured’s death; require HB 779 House Second Readers