The state House passed a high-profile bill Monday that would allow Gov. Brian Kemp to seek health care “waivers’’ from the federal government to expand and improve coverage in Georgia.
And in another big vote, the Senate approved a bill to change Georgia’s controversial certificate-of-need system regulating medical providers.
These votes were part of a flurry of action Monday on major legislation affecting health care in Georgia, including on issues such as HIV, prescription drugs, services for seniors, and a Medicaid budget hole.
Industry experts said the votes Monday amounted to the biggest single legislative day on health care issues in memory.
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The legislative tug-of-war over surprise medical billing continued Thursday as a House panel approved a new version of a Senate bill that aims to curb these unexpected charges to patients.
The vote on Senate Bill 56 came as lawmakers were taking action on several health care proposals over the past couple of days.
What’s known as surprise billing refers to instances in which consumers have procedures or visit ERs at hospitals in their insurance network, then receive separate bills from non-network doctors involved in their care. These unexpected charges can amount to hundreds or even thousands ...
Former President Jimmy Carter, a Georgian, is in the news for a health milestone: As of Thursday, he has lived longer than any other president in our history — 94 years and 172 days.
He surpasses another former president, George H.W. Bush. who died this past November at 94 years and 171 days.
Having successfully battled cancer in recent years, Carter remains active and in the public eye. He attended Bush’s funeral, as did President Donald Trump and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Carter, who finished his term in the White House in 1981, already held one remarkable national record. ...
Gov. Brian Kemp has thrown his support behind major reforms of the state health care regulatory system, acting as legislation on the contentious issue was revived in a Senate committee Wednesday.
A House bill to make sweeping changes to the certificate-of-need (CON) system recently failed to pass the House on Crossover Day. That normally means a piece of legislation is dead for the year.
The CON overhaul effort was revived in a hearing Wednesday, when some provisions of the unsuccessful bill were attached to different House legislation, and the new bill was adopted by the Senate ...
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