Georgia - 2019 Legislation

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HB 15

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

STATUS: House second readers 1/29

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 37

SYNOPSIS: Expand Medicaid Now Act.

STATUS: House second readers 1/29

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hopper 1/29, First readers 1/31, House second readers 2/5, House committee reported favorably by substitute 2/27, House Withdrawn, Recommitted 4/7, House Third Readers, House Third Readers Lost 4/7.

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, First readers 2/6, House second readers 2/7.

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2/7, House First readers 2/8, House second readers 2/11, House committee favorably supported by substitute 2/25,House withdrawn, Recommitted 2/28, House committee Favorably Reported by Substitute, 3/1, House Third Readers, House Third Readers Lost, House Reconsidered 3/7. House withdrawn, recommitted 4/2.

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: Prefiled 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. 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.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 371

SYNOPSIS: Establishes an independent dispute resolution process for certain out-of-network health benefit claims.

STATUS: Prefiled 3/29, Under the rules, provisionally referred to the Committee on Insurance 3/28, Read by title, under the rules, referred to the Committee on Insurance 4/8.

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 Reported,  Senate Read Second Time 3/14,  Senate Passed/Adopted 48-1,3/18. House sent to Governor 4/4.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 431

SYNOPSIS: Provides relative to individuals providing hospice care.

STATUS: Prefiled 3/29, Under the rules, provisionally referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare3/28, Read by title, under the rules, referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare 4/8, Reported with amendments 13-0 4/25.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 434

SYNOPSIS: Provides relative to definitions, policies, and procedures of Medicaid managed care organizations.

STATUS: Prefiled 3/29, Referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 465

SYNOPSIS:Provides relative to internet privacy and protection.

STATUS: Prefiled 3/29, Under the rules, provisionally referred to the Committee on Commerce 3/29, Read by title, under the rules, referred to the Committee on Commerce 4/8.

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 3/22, House 1st readers 3/25, House 2nd readers 3/26, House committee reported favorably 3/28.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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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, House first readers 3/8, House second readers 3/11. House withdrawn, recommitted 4/2.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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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.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 119

SYNOPSIS: Creates the "Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council".

STATUS: Prefiled 3/27, Read for 2nd time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

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.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 174

SYNOPSIS: Provides relative to the annual appropriation for the councils on aging.

STATUS: Prefiled 3/27, Read for 2nd time and referred to Committee on Finance 4/8.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 402

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

STATUS: House hopper 2/20, First readers 2/21.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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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.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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