Georgia - 2020 Legislation

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2019-2020 Regular Session
Convenes: January 13, 2020
Adjourns: March 27, 2020

HB 15

SYNOPSIS: Require housing authorities to develop and implement policies granting housing preferences to veterans who are homeless.

STATUS: House pre-filed 1/8/19, House hopper 1/28/19, House 1st readers 1/29/19, House 2nd readers 1/30/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 37

SYNOPSIS: Expand Medicaid Now Act.

STATUS: House hopper 1/7/19, House 1st readers 1/28/19, House 2nd readers 1/29/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 84

SYNOPSIS: Relating to insurance, so as to provide for consumer protections regarding health insurance; to provide for definitions; to provide for disclosure requirements of providers, hospitals, and insurers; to provide for billing, reimbursement, and arbitration of certain services.

STATUS: House hopper 1/29/19, First readers 1/31/19, House second readers 2/5/19, House committee reported favorably by substitute 2/27,/19 House Withdrawn, Recommitted 3/7/19, House Third Readers, House Third Readers Lost 3/7/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 99

SYNOPSIS: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 46-5-27 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to telephone solicitations to residential, mobile, or wireless subscribers, Public Service Commission to establish and maintain list of certain subscribers, authorization for imposition of administrative fees, confidential nature of data base, and required identification, so as to increase the civil penalty for making certain prohibited telephone solicitations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: House hopper 2/5.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 135

SYNOPSIS: Relating to health care facilities, so as to provide for authorized electronic monitoring in long-term care facilities.

STATUS: House hopper 2/5/19, First readers 2/6/19, House second readers 2/7/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 198

SYNOPSIS: Relating to health, so as to eliminate certificate of need requirements for all health care facilities except certain long-term care facilities and services.

STATUS: House hopper 2/7/19, House First readers 2/8/19, House second readers 2/11/19, House committee favorably supported by substitute 2/25/19,House withdrawn, Recommitted 2/28/19, House committee Favorably Reported by Substitute, 3/1/19, House Third Readers, House Third Readers Lost, House Reconsidered 3/7/19, House withdrawn, recommitted 4/2/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 305

SYNOPSIS: Provides relative to telemarketing to elder persons and persons with disabilities.

STATUS: Pre-filed 3/28, Referred to Committee on Commerce, Read by title 4/8, Reported favorably 17-04/16, Read 3rd time and passed House 98-0, Received in senate 4/25.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 323

SYNOPSIS: Relating to regulation and licensure of pharmacy benefits managers, so as to add a definition; to revise provisions relating to administration of claims by pharmacy benefit managers; to revise provisions relating to prohibited activities of pharmacy benefits managers.

STATUS: House hopper 2/14, House Second Readers 2/19, House committee reported favorably by substitute 2/27, House 3rd Readers 3/4, House Passed/Adopted by Substitute 3/5 Senate Read and Referred 3/5, Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute 3/21, Read 2nd time 3/22, Senate 3rd reading, Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute, House agreed to Senate amendment 4/2,  Sent to Governor, Signed by the Governor 5/7, Effective date 1/1/20.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 374

SYNOPSIS: Health; administer medications to residents under hospice care pursuant to a physician's written orders; authorize certified medication aides.

STATUS: House hopper 2/19, First readers 2/20, Second readers 2/21, House Third Readers ¾ House Passed Adopted by Substitute ¾, Senate Read and Referred 3/5,Senate Committee Favorably Signed by the Governor 5/11/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 402

SYNOPSIS: Handicapped persons; items reported by a financial institution; include abuse and neglect.

STATUS: House hopper 2/20, First readers 2/21, House 2nd readers 2/22/19

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 416

SYNOPSIS: Establish the State Vaccine Consumer Protection Office; to provide for definitions; to provide for its duties; to provide for the creation of a State Vaccination Information Sheet; to provide for rights of consumers to decline administration of vaccines; to provide for an annual report; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: House hopper 2/21, First readers 2/22, Second readers 2/25/19

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 586

SYNOPSIS: Relating to hospice care, so as to provide for the disposal of unused prescribed controlled substances for hospice patients by hospice staff; to provide definitions; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: House hopper, House first readers 3/8, House second readers 3/11/19.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 726

SYNOPSIS: relating to general provisions regarding law enforcement officers and agencies, so as to require law enforcement agencies to enter the report of missing persons into a certain data base maintained by the National Institute of Justice of the United States Department of Justice; to provide for a definition; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: Read for the 1st time 1/13/20, Referred to Public Safety Homeland Security Committee, 2nd Readers 1/14/20.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 793

SYNOPSIS: Provide appropriations for the State Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021; to make and provide such appropriations for the operation of the state government and its departments, boards, bureaus, commissions, institutions, and other agencies, for the university system, common schools, counties, municipalities, and political subdivisions, for all other governmental activities, projects, and undertakings authorized by law, and for all leases, contracts, agreements, and grants authorized by law; to provide for the control and administration of funds; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: House hopper 1/16/20, House 1st Readers 1/27/20, House 2nd Readers 1/28/20,

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 888

SYNOPSIS: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 33 of the O.C.G.A., relating to insurance, so as to provide for certain consumer protections against surprise billing; to provide for a short title; to provide for applicability; to provide for definitions; to provide mechanisms to resolve payment disputes between insurers and out-of-network providers regarding the provision of healthcare services; to require the department to provide for the maintenance of an all-payer health claims data base; to provide for in-network cost-sharing amounts in healthcare plan contracts; to establish an arbitration process; to require the Commissioner of Insurance to contract with one or more resolution organizations; to require the promulgation of department rules; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: House hopper 2/4/20, 1st Readers 2/5/20, House 2nd readers, House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute 2/19/20,House Withdrawn, Recommitted 2/19/20, House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute 2/28/20.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 899

SYNOPSIS: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 46-5-27 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to telephone solicitations to residential, mobile, or wireless subscribers, Public Service Commission to establish and maintain list of certain subscribers, authorization for imposition of administrative fees, confidential nature of data base, and required identification, so as to increase the civil penalty for making certain prohibited telephone solicitations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: House hopper 2/5, House First Readers 2/18/20, House Second Readers 2/19/20, House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute 2/26/20.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HR 646

SYNOPSIS: A RESOLUTION encouraging the Georgia Legislature to broaden eligibility and increase funding for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program; and for other purposes.

STATUS: House hopper 3/22, House 1st readers 3/25, House 2nd readers 3/26, House committee reported favorably 3/28, House withdrawn, recommitted 4/2.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HR 726

SYNOPSIS: Relating to general provisions regarding law enforcement officers and agencies, so as to require law enforcement agencies to enter the report of missing persons into a certain data base maintained by the National Institute of Justice of the United States Department of Justice; to provide for a definition; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: Read for the 1st time 1/13, Referred to Public Safety Homeland Security Committee, 2nd Readers 1/14.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HR 1051

SYNOPSIS: A RESOLUTION recognizing February 10, 2020, as Alzheimer's Awareness Day in Georgia; and for other purpose.

STATUS: House hopper 2/3, House 1st Readers, adopted 2/3.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HR 1061

SYNOPSIS: A RESOLUTION commending the Georgia Rural Health Association and recognizing February 26, 2020, as Rural Health Day at the state capitol; and for other purposes.

STATUS: House hopper 2/4, 1st Reading, Adopted 2/4.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 18

SYNOPSIS: Relating to kinds of insurance, limits of risks, and reinsurance, so as to provide definitions; to provide that direct primary care agreements are not insurance; to exempt such agreements from regulation as insurance; to provide for discontinuance of services under certain circumstances.

STATUS: Senate read and referred 1/17/20, Senate committee reported favorably substitute 2/14, Senate read 2nd time 2/15, Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute 2/21, Senate Passed/Adopted by Substitute 2/26, House first readers 2/27, House second readers 2/28, House committee favorably reported 3/13, House passed adopted 3/14, Sent to Governor 4/5/20.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 54

SYNOPSIS: Georgia Lottery for Veterans.

STATUS: Senate read and referred 2/5, Read and referred 2/6/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 74

SYNOPSIS: Eliminate certificate of need requirements for all health care facilities except certain long-term care facilities and services.

STATUS: Senate hopper. Senate Read and Referred 2/8/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 113

SYNOPSIS: Relating to regulation and construction of hospitals and other health care facilities, so as to require nursing homes and personal care homes with a minimum number of residents to have backup power sources in the event of power outages; to provide for requirements for uninterrupted services; to provide for the promulgation of rules and regulations.

STATUS: Senate hopper 2/15, Senate Read and Referred Senate Heath 2/19/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 114

SYNOPSIS: Relating to health, so as to revise provisions relating to certificate of need requirements; to revise and provide for new definitions relative to health planning and development; to establish the Health Strategies Council.

STATUS: Senate hopper 2/15, Senate Read and Referred 2/19/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 115

SYNOPSIS: To provide for telemedicine licenses for physicians licensed in other states to engage in the practice of medicine with patients in this state through telemedicine; to provide for requirements for issuance of a telemedicine license; to provide for restrictions; to provide for notice of restrictions placed on a license by another state; to provide for rules and regulations.

STATUS: Senate hopper, Senate Read and Referred Science and Technology 2/19/19, Senate passed/Adopted 54-0 2/26, House first readers 2/27, Second readers 2/28, House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute 3/28, House passed, adopted by substitute 3/29, Senate Agreed, House Amend/Sub 3/29, Senate sent to Governor 4/9/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 151

SYNOPSIS: To provide for improvements in the state's health care system and coordination of state health related entities; to provide for legislative findings and declarations; to provide for definitions; to provide for duties and responsibilities; to provide for the creation of the Office of Health Strategy and Coordination.

STATUS: Senate hopper, Senate Read and Referred 2/22/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 293

SYNOPSIS: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 33 of the O.C.G.A., relating to insurance, so as to provide for certain consumer protections against balance billing; to amend Chapter 1 of Title 10 of the O.C.G.A., relating to selling and other trade practices, so as to provide the Attorney General with new enforcement authority against providers; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: Senate hopper 1/14/20, Read and referred 1/15/20.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 313

SYNOPSIS: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 64 of Title 33 of the O.C.G.A., relating to regulation and licensure of pharmacy benefits managers, so as to provide extensive revisions regarding pharmacy benefits managers; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date and applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: Senate hopper 1/27/20, Read and referred Insurance and Labor Committee 1/28/20.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 359

SYNOPSIS: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 33 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to insurance, so as to provide for certain consumer protections against surprise billing; to provide mechanisms to resolve payment disputes between insurers and out-of-network providers regarding the provision of healthcare services; to require the department to provide for the maintenance of an all-payer health claims data base; to provide for in-network cost-sharing amounts in healthcare plan contracts; to establish an arbitration process; to require the Commissioner of Insurance to contract with one or more resolution organizations; to require the promulgation of department rules; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

STATUS: Senate hopper 2/4/20, Read and referred Health and Human Services 2/5/20, Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substituted, Senate Third Reading, Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute 2/24/20, House First Readers 2/25/20, House 2nd Readers 2/26/20.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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SR 419

SYNOPSIS: A RESOLUTION commending the Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program for 40 years of advocacy for older Georgians and individuals with disabilities who reside in long-term care facilities; and for other purposes.

STATUS: Senate hopper 3/21, Senate read and adopted 3/22/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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