Several bills relating to public health passed on ‘”crossover day” in the Georgia legislature. Crossover day was Monday, March 3rd, and marks the 30th day of the 40-day legislative session. It is named “crossover day” because bills must pass at least one chamber by this day and cross over into the other chamber, or be lost for the session.
The following bills relating to public health in Georgia passed on Crossover Day:
- HB 990, sponsored by Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton): a bill to prohibit the expansion of Medicaid eligibility through an increase in the income threshold without prior legislative approval, passed 118-57
- HB 707, sponsored by Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine): a bill which bars state employees or agencies from participating in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by prohibiting (1) any state agency or local government from expending funds to advocate for the expansion of Medicaid, (2) a state-run health insurance exchange, (3) acceptance of any federal grant money to run an insurance exchange, (4) involvement in any navigator program and (5) prohibits the state insurance commissioner from enforcing any of the mandates of the ACA, passed 115-59
- HB 885, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon): a bill to allow research into the use of cannabis oil, a marijuana derivative, to treat certain medical disorders, passed 171-4.
- SB 98, sponsored by Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta): a bill to prohibit the state employees’ insurance plan and health insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from providing coverage for abortions, including in cases of rape and incest, passed 35-18.