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.