State legislators working through budget process  
State legislators spent much of the week reviewing Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget recommendations, which were presented by an array of state commissioners, departments, and agencies.  
For AFY 2021, this includes…
– $750,000 for the planning and implementation of an ‘All-Payer Claims Database’ that will be used to analyze and make public health care costs and utilization rates for medical, dental, and pharmaceutical services.
– $6.6 million to begin the implementation of the ‘Patients First Act’ (i.e., the Section 1332 and 1115 waivers that Georgia submitted to the federal government to increase the accessibility of health insurance).
– $289,000 for the Grady Regional Coordinating Center to coordinate emergency room use across the state.
– $9 million for the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission.
The FY 2022 budget recommendations include…
– Nearly $2 million for 100 additional slots for the ‘New Options Waiver’ (NOW) and ‘Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program’ (COMP) for individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.
– $76 million to implement the ‘Patients First Act.’
– $329 million for the Medicaid and PeachCare programs, including $64 million to cover the costs associated with new enrollees.
– $2.5 million for the Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce to fund 188 new residency slots in primary care medicine.
– A little more than $500,000 for the Grady Regional Coordinating Center to coordinate emergency room use across the state.
Click here for Gov. Kemp’s budget report and recommendations. 
MAG’s 2021 legislative priorities

COVID-19 Relief

– Providing relief and assistance for Georgia’s physicians and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
Health Insurance

– Streamlining and improving the prior authorization process

– Promoting insurance coverage of non-narcotic alternative therapies

– Ensuring that patients have access to every physician who is advertised as “in network” for the duration of a contract year to ensure continuity of care

Tax Credits for Uncompensated Care

– Creating tax credits for physicians who provide uncompensated care

Public Health

– Increasing Georgia’s tobacco tax to improve public health


– Continuing to support the process to ensure coverage of the uninsured
Scope of Practice

– Addressing scope of practice issues that undermine patient safety

Tort Reform

– Addressing Georgia’s tort environment, including exploring CANDOR (Communication and Optimal Resolution)
‘Virtual Day at Capitol’ in works for February 17
The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and allied groups are making plans for a ‘Virtual Physicians’ Day at the Capitol’ that is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 17.
“It is unlikely that we will be able to hold this event in person this year, but we did want to let MAG members know that this event is in the works so they can block some time on their calendar,” explains MAG Government Relations Director Derek Norton.
Norton adds that, “This is going to be a great way for physicians to build relationships with state legislators and weigh in on what’s best for their patients and their profession.”
The event will feature updates by key lawmakers.
MAG will distribute additional information once the plans are finalized.
Contact Christiana Craddock at 404.421.0912 or with questions.
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MAG’s Government Relations Team 
Derek Norton – Director or 404.274.4210  
Bethany Sherrer – Legal Counsel & GAMPAC Manager or 404.354.1863  
Christiana Craddock – Legislative Assistant or 678.303.9271
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