The Senate passed multiple pieces of health care legislation, including: SB 18 (Direct Primary Care Act), HB 62 (Margie’s Law), SB 115 and SB 118 (Telemedicine reform), and SB 106 (Patients First Act).
The Direct Primary Care Act (SB 18) – authored by Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick (R – 32) – allows physicians to provide direct primary care to patients without having to incur costs of insurance billing and overhead.
Margie’s Law (HB 62) – authored by Rep. Sharon Cooper (R – 43) – requires health care facilities that conduct mammograms to notify a patient when the patient’s mammogram demonstrates the presence of dense breast tissue.
SB 115 – authored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R – 45) – allows for physicians outside of Georgia to be licensed as a telemedicine provider by the Georgia Composite Medical Board.
The Georgia Telemedicine Act (SB 118) – authored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R – 45) – is a comprehensive reform of Georgia’s outdated telemedicine act. The bill updates the law in an effort to increase the prevalence of telemedicine.
The Patients First Act (SB 106) – authored by Sen. Blake Tillery (R – 19) – is an initiative of Governor Brian Kemp and would authorize the Governor’s office to seek both 1115 and 1332 waivers to reform Georgia’s Medicaid system and provide better private market insurance plans than currently available under Obamacare.