Legislation Assigned to the House Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care Committee (8)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0198 EvaluatingElimination of the Certificate of Need Requirement for all Health Care Facilities Except Long Term Care Facilities James Hatchett
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care --
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
This legislation eliminates the certificate of need requirements for hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, etc. with the exception of certain long term care facilities and services.  The bill also provides new reporting requirements for donors and extends the repeal date of the Rural Hospital Tax Credit until December 31, 2024.
HB 0813 EvaluatingPublic assistance; Medicaid Expansion Program; provide establishment Donna McLeod
1/29/2020 House Second Readers Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care --
Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
HB 1032 NeutralCertificate of Need Provisions James Hatchett
6/15/2020 Senate - Senate Withdrawn & Recommitted Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care Regulated Industries and Utilities -
Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
HR 0590 SupportHouse Study Committee on Georgia's Barriers to Access to Adequate Health Care for Children with Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder with Streptococcal infection (PANDAS) Disorders Karen Bennett
3/29/2019 House Passed/Adopted By Substitute Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care --
Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
House Resolution 590 creates the House Study Committee on Georgia's Barriers to Access to Adequate Health Care. Committee members are charged to undertake a study of the needs, issues, and problems associated with Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder with Streptococcal infection (PANDAS) disorders. These disorders create the sudden onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder in children, causing previously healthy and emotionally-adjusted children to experience severe anxiety and emotional disturbances. The study committee, which will be abolished on December 1, 2019, is composed of eight members: five members of the House, one practicing psychiatrist, one practicing pediatrician, and one public health practitioner
HR 0644 EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on Health Care Reimbursement; create Lee Hawkins
3/25/2019 House Second Readers Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care --
Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
SB 0106 SupportPatient's First Act - Allow Governor to Apply for Medicaid Waivers Blake Tillery
3/27/2019 Effective Date Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care Health and Human Services -
2019/03/22 Report 2019/03/29 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services Hospital Authority
Senate Bill 106, referred to as the 'Patients First Act', authorizes the Department of Community Health (DCH) to submit a Section 1115 waiver request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by June 30, 2020. This may include an increase in the income threshold of up to a maximum of 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Upon approval of this waiver, the bill also authorizes DCH to implement the terms and conditions without any further legislative action. Additionally, Senate Bill 106 authorizes the governor to submit a Section 1332 innovation waiver proposal, or multiple thereof, to the United States Secretaries of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury by December 31, 2021. 
SB 0359 SupportCOVID-19 Liability Protections Chuck Hufstetler
8/5/2020 Effective Date Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care Health and Human Services -
Kathleen Bowen

This legislation, titled the "Georgia Pandemic Business Safety Act", address liability for businesses, health care providers, local governments, and other entities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. County government employees and county government facilities are included as being afforded liability protection. 

No cause of action (lawsuit) shall exist for the transmission, infection, exposure or potential exposure of COVID-19 unless a local government, business (or other entities as defined in legislation) performed gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional inflection of harm.

One of the provisions of the bill is a rebuttable presumption for assumption of the risk by the claimant if an entity posts specific signage at their point of entry.  ACCG encourages you to consult with your county attorney regarding the placement of signage in county facilities.  For sample signage with the required language in one-inch Arial font (per the specifications of the legislation), click here. Note that this sample sign must be printed as an 18” x 24” in order to achieve the one-inch requirement as indicated in the legislation.

The Act covers state level claims, not federal claims, and only applies to causes of action accruing on or before July 14, 2021. 

SB 0395 SupportCounty and Municipal Hospital Authorities Sale or Lease of Property by Authority, Use of Funds Ben Watson
1/1/2021 Effective Date Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care Health and Human Services -
2020/02/21 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report 2020/06/19 Report Debra Nesbit
Health and Human Services Hospital Authority
This legislation allows County Hospital Authorities to use the funds from the sale or lease of property by the the authority to use the proceeds for indigent care in teh community.
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