House panel endorses CON overhaul; senators mull compromise
The proposed revamp of state health care regulations cleared a key hurdle Monday when a House committee approved House Bill 198. The vote followed contentious testimony last week about the potential impact of overhauling the state’s controversial certificate-of-need (CON) laws. CON governs the construction and expansion of health care facilities... Read more
Extension of hospital provider fee advancing swiftly through House
In a normal year for health care legislation, House Bill 321 would have attracted a ton of attention at the state Capitol. But with bills to provide a Medicaid waiver and to reform the state’s health care regulatory structure already drawing an intense spotlight, legislation to extend the hospital... Read more
Senate panel backs waiver bill to insure more Georgians
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed legislation Tuesday to allow Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue health care waivers from the federal government. The panel’s 9-4 vote came after Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson (D-Stone Mountain) sought to open up the bill’s Medicaid waiver request to cover more... Read more
State’s health care will look very different if major bills pass
This could be the General Assembly session that rocks Georgia health care. Between the regulatory reform measures already introduced, and the coming bill on federal “waivers,’’ lawmakers have a chance to reconfigure the medical landscape in the state. The waiver proposal from Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to be... Read more
Democrat Trammell says fiscal analysis proves case for Medicaid expansion
A state analysis of a potential Medicaid expansion in Georgia finds that the move would cost up to $148 million in fiscal 2020 and would cover up to 526,000 people. The “fiscal note,’’ requested by Georgia House Democrats, comes in the wake of a governor’s race in which the... Read more

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