While the General Assembly was technically in recess last week, committees were still meeting to discuss proposed cuts to the Georgia budget. Get the details in this week’s Legislative Report from Scott Maxwell, our legislative liaison.
The General Assembly is in recess all this week for a “budget break” as legislators strategize for dealing with proposed cuts to mental health, county health departments and more.
This week’s legislative report includes information about a new sales tax on certain online purchases that will bring millions of dollars in increased revenue to the state. The report also outlines several legislative efforts to reduce the smoking and vaping rate in Georgia, especially among youth.
The deadline to submit a nomination for GPHA Section Awards has been extended until Friday, February 7, 5:00 pm. Nominations are now closed for the Sellers-McCroan Award.
The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge invites communities to apply for funding and non-financial support to address local health challenges through new and innovative partnerships. The deadline to apply is February 26.
A the state capitol last week, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp outlined his budget priorities for fiscal year 2021. Proposed increases include a pay raise for state employees earning less than $40,000, and an addition of $169 million for Medicaid and PeachCare. The Department of Public Health faces a proposed $16 million reduction.
The Georgia Public Health Association is offering a limited number of scholarships to students for our 91st Annual Meeting and Conference on Jekyll Island in May. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2020.
Our December newsletter has information about our upcoming conference, professional development opportunities, healthcare changes and more.
The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) board met December 20th via teleconference and gave final approval to Governor Brian Kemp’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver application. The waiver plan would expand access to Medicaid in Georgia, but include requirements that recipients of the expansion be employed or involved in other activities.
The Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association (jGPHA) is currently recruiting peer reviewers for the Spring 2020 issue. Applications are due by January 28th.