Lawmakers introduce array of new health care bills
The new health care legislation that was introduced in the Georgia General Assembly this week includes…
– H.B. 552 by Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta), which would allow a taxpayer to deduct the full amount paid for shares as a member of a health care sharing organization from Georgia taxable income. MAG is watching this legislation, which was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
– H.B. 567 by Rep. Cooper, which would create the Newborn Screening and Genetics Advisory Committee to review and make recommendations to the Georgia Department of Public Health when a new disorder is added to the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel. MAG is also keeping tabs on this legislation, which was referred to the House HHS Committee.
– H.B. 569 by Rep. Matthew Wilson (D-Brookhaven), which would prohibit the practice of conversion therapy by professional counselors, physicians, or psychologists. MAG supports this legislation, which was referred to the House Regulated Industries Committee.
– H.B. 590 by Rep. Don Hogan (R-St. Simons Island), which would provide for a grant program to establish assisted outpatient treatment programs for patients with mental illness who struggle to maintain engagement with essential mental health treatment. MAG is opposing this measure, which will move into the House HHS Committee.
– H.B. 591 by Rep. Hogan, which would authorize marriage and family therapists to perform emergency examinations of persons for involuntary evaluation and treatment for mental illness or alcohol or drug abuse. MAG is watching this legislation, which has been assigned to the House HHS Committee.
– H.B. 592 by Rep. Wilson, which would further clarify the definition of gross negligence under the COVID-19 liability legislation by stating that “gross negligence includes, but is not limited to, failure to comply with guidance promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor regarding workplace COVID-19 prevention programs.” MAG is opposing this bill, which is being sent to the House Special Committee on Access to the Civil Justice System.
– H.B. 601 by Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), which would 1) clarify that low THC oil, marijuana, and tetrahydrocannabinols do not include certain federally approved products and 2) would remove EPIDIOLEX® as a Schedule V controlled substance. MAG is watching this legislation, which has been assigned to the House Judiciary Non-Civil committee.
– H.B. 605 by Rep. Cooper, which would provide for authorized electronic monitoring in long-term care facilities. MAG is reviewing this legislation, which has gone to the House Human Relations and Aging Committee.
– H.B. 627 by Rep. John LaHood (R-Valdosta), which would 1) require athletic training students to be under the direct supervision of a physician or licensed athletic trainer, eliminates obsolete provisions related to athletic trainers and 2) revises and updates certification requirements. MAG is reviewing this legislation, which has been assigned to the House HHS Committee.
– H.B. 629 by Rep. Mark Newton, M.D. (R-Augusta), which would eliminate the in-person examination requirement for contact lens prescriptions except for the initial prescription. MAG is watching this legislation, which was sent to the House HHS Committee.
– H.B. 630 by Rep. James Beverly (R-Macon), which would authorize the state to appropriate money to expand its Medicaid program under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. MAG supports this legislation, which has been referred to the House HHS Committee.
– H.B. 645 by Rep. Micah Gravely (R-Douglasville), which would update the accessibility provisions of the state’s medical cannabis law. MAG is reviewing this legislation, which has been assigned to the House Regulated Industries Committee.