Health Policy

The Georgia General Assembly’s legislative session ended June 26, 2020. Scott Maxwell, legislative liaison for GPHA, provided weekly reports on legislative activity concerning public health throughout the state legislative session. Review the weekly updates below.

Looking for a recap of previous legislative sessions? Click here to view an archive of legislative reports for 2018 & 2019.

2020 Policy Positions

GPHA supports programs and funding to protect and promote the public’s health throughout the state, including:

  • Extending the length of Medicaid coverage for a new mother from 60 days to one year.
  • Nurse and community health worker home visit programs for prenatal and postnatal care.
  • Workforce development enhancements to promote recruitment, retention and succession efforts.
  • Financial incentives for primary care professionals to practice in Georgia, especially in rural areas, as developed by the House Rural Development Council.
  • Enhancement of telehealth, telemedicine and teledentistry programs, including facilities and infrastructure improvements with an emphasis on further developing relationships with local school systems to ensure quality, seamless telemedicine care statewide.
  • Restrictions on vaping and e-cigarettes, including a significant increase in excise taxes that are intended to reduce the use of these products by people under the age of 21.
  • Increase the number of PAs and APRNs that can be supervised by a physician simultaneously from four to six.

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) produced a presentation addressing the crucial need for Georgia lawmakers to increase the state’s tobacco tax in 2020. The presentation features three of the nation’s most influential physicians, including:

  • American Medical Association (AMA) President Patrice Harris, M.D., MA,
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) President Jaqueline Fincher, M.D., MACP, and
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) President Sara “Sally” H. Goza, M.D., FAAP.

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