Legislative Report on Budget, Obesity Program, Smoking Bills


In our Legislative Update for Feb. 8, our legislative liaison Scott Maxwell reports that the House has passed the FYA 2019 budget with only a few changes to the Governor’s recommendations. Among budget highlights, the Department of Public Health got a one-time appropriation of $350,000 to help educate Georgians about early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The bill now travels to a Senate subcommittee.

Some of the other bills we’re following:

HB 17, Smoking inside vehicle when a person under 13 is present; provide for offense (Rep. Sandra Scott-D)
Relating to general provisions regarding offenses against public health and morals, so as to provide for the offense of smoking inside any motor vehicle when a person who is under 13 years of age is present; to provide for a criminal penalty.

HB 160, Bariatric Pilot Program (Rep. Katie Dempsey-R)
Relating to the Department of Community Health, so as to reinstate a pilot program to provide coverage for bariatric surgical procedures for the treatment and management of obesity and related conditions under the state health insurance plan; to provide for eligibility, requirements, and evaluation report for the four-year pilot program; to provide for automatic repeal.

HB 187, To provide a pilot program for treatment and management of obesity (Rep. Katie Dempsey-R)
Relating to the Department of Community Health, so as to provide for a pilot program to provide coverage for the treatment and management of obesity and related conditions, including medications and counseling; to provide for eligibility; to provide for requirements; to provide for a review of results and outcomes; to provide for an evaluation report on such program; and to provide for termination of the pilot program.

View the Legislative Report for Week 4