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Legislative Updates

We wrapped up week three of the 2016 legislative session with the 2016 Amended Budget passing through the House, and a variety of legislation making its way through the committee process. Below you will find some additional highlights from this week under the Gold Dome. CALENDAR Days 13-16 Monday, February 1 – Thursday, February 4 Days 17-20 Monday, February 8 – Thursday, February 11 Days 21-24 Tuesday, February 16 – Friday, February 19 Days 25-29 Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26 Day 30 Monday, February 29 Day 31 Wednesday, March 2 Days 32-35 Monday, March 7 - Tuesday, March 8; Thursday, March 10; Friday, March 11 Days 36-38 Monday, March 14 – Wednesday, March 16 Day 39 Tuesday, March 22 Day 40 Thursday, March 24 The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, February 1, at 3:00 p.m. in room 450 of the State Capitol. They will also hold a meeting on Wednesday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the same room. Both agendas have yet to be posted. The House Health Appropriations Subcommittee will meet to hear the Department of Community Health’s FY2017 budget on Monday, February 1, at 2:00 p.m. in room 406 CLOB. The Subcommittee will hear public comment on Wednesday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m., also [...]

January 29th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative, News, Newsfront|

Gold Dome Report – Jan 15, 2016

Gold Dome Report The Georgia General Assembly gaveled in on January 11th, marking the first week of the 2016 Legislative Session. As this is the second year of the legislative cycle, all pieces of legislation that did not pass in 2015 will return to their committee of origin and are eligible to be taken up and potentially passed this year. Below you will find some highlights from this week under the Gold Dome. CALENDAR The House and Senate adopted an adjournment resolution early this week, taking us to legislative day 13. The adjournment resolution is as follows: Legislative Day 6 – Wednesday, January 20 Legislative Day 7 – Thursday, January 21 Legislative Day 8 – Friday, January 22 Legislative Day 9 – Monday, January 25 Legislative Day 10 – Tuesday, January 26 Legislative Day 11 – Wednesday, January 27 Legislative Day 12 – Thursday, January 28 Legislative Day 13 – Monday, February 1 On Tuesday, January 19, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and Subcommittees will begin to hold meetings to review the Governor's recommendations for the supplemental budget and the general budget. Joint budget hearings will begin at 9:30am in Room 341 of the State Capitol. On Tuesday, Commissioner Clyde Reese will present DCH's budget to the joint hearing at 2:45pm. The joint subcommittee hearing for [...]

January 15th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome Report – February 20, 2015

Week of February 16, 2015 Legislative Days 16 – 19 of 40 With the halfway point of the 2015 session in sight, the pace and workload of committees in both Chambers have increased over the past week. The House and Senate acted in a relatively swift and collaborative matter to pass the FY 2015 Supplemental budget (HB 75) Thursday afternoon.  It passed the Senate with only one dissenting vote Thursday.  The House promptly agreed to the Senate changes with a unanimous vote and immediately transmitted the Amended 2015 budget to the Governor. Of note in the healthcare sector, both Chambers made adjustments to the State Health Benefit Plan to assist non-certified public school employees (primarily bus drivers). Moving on to more GHCA-specific business, the FY 2016 budget deliberation continued and GHCA-sponsored legislation regarding provider liability (HB 342 by Rep. Trey Kelley of Cedartown) had its first hearing in a House Committee. Tuesday of this week, the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Rep. Butch Parrish of Swainsboro, held its first public hearing on the FY 2016 Budget.  Jon Howell presented on behalf of GHCA and the presentation reflected Board priorities surrounding the need to appropriate funds reflecting 2014 cost reports and 2014 RS Means totaling $12.6 million in state funds, and [...]

February 20th, 2015|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome March 21, 2014

The speedy 2014 legislative session came to a close late last night. The general assembly met for legislative days 39 and 40 on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Late Monday night, the conference committee for the FY2015 budget met to agree and sign the committee report. The conference committee report was presented to the House and Senate chambers Tuesday afternoon and received overwhelming approval. The budget now heads to the Governor for his review and signature. Below, is the final budget language affecting GHCA members: $13.6 million in state funds (about a 3.3% rate increase) to update skilled nursing facilities’ reimbursement rate and fair rental value to the 2012 cost report. $566,000 in state funds to include SOURCE case managers in the 5% rate increase for Alternative Living Services and Personal Support Services in both elderly waiver programs (SOURCE and CCSP). Each week during the session, the Gold Dome Reports have listed bills of interest and specific updates for that legislative week. A final list, summary and status of noteworthy bills GHCA has been tracking can be found here. Governor Deal now has 40 days to sign or veto bills that made it through both chambers. The candidates will now turn their attention to the campaign trail with the primary elections quickly approaching on [...]

March 21st, 2014|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome March 14, 2014

The Georgia General Assembly met Monday through Thursday for legislative days 35 through 38. Tuesday of this week, conferees were appointed to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of HB 744, the Fiscal Year 2015 budget (beginning July 1, 2014).  The conferees are as follows: Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, Majority Leader Larry O’Neal, Chairman Terry England, President Pro Tem David Shafer, Majority Leader Ronnie Chance and Chairman Jack Hill. GHCA is working closely with these members to ensure the line items appropriated by the Governor and House, then agreed to by the Senate, are maintained: $13.6 million in state funds (about a 3.3% rate increase) to update skilled nursing facilities’ reimbursement rate and fair rental value to the 2012 cost report. $566,000 in state funds to include SOURCE case managers in the 5% rate increase for Alternative Living Services and Personal Support Services in both elderly waiver programs (SOURCE and CCSP). Once a compromise is made, the final version of the budget will be sent to the Governor for his signature. Listed below are GHCA bills of interest with an update in status: SB 292, sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford). Establishes, within the Department of Public Health, the Alzheimer's Disease Registry, which would be a central database of individuals with Alzheimer's [...]

March 21st, 2014|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome March 7, 2014

The Georgia General Assembly met all five days this week, kicking it off with legislative day 30, or "Crossover Day".  This means that any bill or resolution that has not been voted out of its chamber of origin is no longer eligible for final passage in 2014. On Thursday of this week, HB 744, the Fiscal Year 2015 budget (beginning July 1, 2014), passed the Senate by a vote of 51 - 4.  GHCA is very grateful to the Senate Appropriations committee and budget writers for their effort in maintaining funding appropriated by the Governor and House: $13.6 million in state funds (about a 3.3% rate increase) to update skilled nursing facilities’ reimbursement rate and fair rental value to the 2012 cost report. $566,000 in state funds to include SOURCE case managers in the 5% rate increase for Alternative Living Services and Personal Support Services in both elderly waiver programs (SOURCE and CCSP). As is customary, a conference committee of 3 representatives from the House and 3 representatives from the Senate will meet to work out differences before a final version of the budget is approved and sent to the Governor. Listed below are GHCA bills of interest with an update in status: SB 65, sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford), authorizes a [...]

March 21st, 2014|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome February 28, 2014

The House and Senate convened Monday through Wednesday of this week for legislative days 27 through 29. ‘Crossover Day’, legislative day 30, is Monday, March 3rd. This is the last day a bill can pass the chamber it originated in and be eligible for passage in the other. The Amended FY 2014 (HB 743) budget passed the Senate chamber last week and was sent back to the House for an agreement. The House chamber unanimously voted in favor, but had one minor amendment, requiring it to go back to the Senate once again. It passed the Senate with not one nay vote and has been immediately sent to the Governor for his signature. The FY 2015 budget (HB 744) is scheduled to be voted out of the full Senate Appropriations committee sometime next week and on the Senate floor for a vote shortly after. GHCA is working closely with the Senators and budget writers involved to ensure the funds put in by the Governor and House are maintained. Listed below are recent GHCA bills of interest and where they are in the process: SB 304, sponsored by Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro), proposes changes to Georgia’s CCRC law to allow the consumer to be able to purchase the residential unit on-site of the CCRC. This bill, with [...]

February 28th, 2014|Gold Dome|

Gold Dome Report February 14, 2014

It was another abbreviated week under the gold dome thanks to Mother Nature, permitting the general assembly to meet for just two of the scheduled four days this week.  The House and Senate convened for legislative days 20 and 21, Monday and Tuesday, and passed a revised adjournment resolution on Tuesday.  The current plan is to conclude this year’s session and adjourn “sine die” on March 20, the earliest adjournment date for the General Assembly in nearly two decades. The updated schedule is as follows: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17...................................in session for legislative day 22 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18..................................in session for legislative day 23 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19................................in session for legislative day 24 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20.................................in session for legislative day 25 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21..................................in session for legislative day 26 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24...................................in session for legislative day 27 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25..................................in session for legislative day 28 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26................................in session for legislative day 29 MONDAY, MARCH 3....................................in session for legislative day 30(Crosssover Day) TUESDAY, MARCH 4......................................in session for legislative day 31 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5....................................in session for legislative day 32 THURSDAY, MARCH 6.....................................in session for legislative day 33 FRIDAY, MARCH 7.......................................in session for legislative day 34 MONDAY, MARCH 10......................................in session for legislative day 35 TUESDAY, MARCH 11.....................................in session for legislative day 36 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12...................................in session for legislative day 37 THURSDAY, [...]

February 14th, 2014|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome Report February 7, 2014

The House and Senate convened all five days of this week for legislative days 15 through 19. On Tuesday of this week, the House Health Appropriations Subcommittee met to hear presentations from departments and agencies for the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) budget (HB 744). The Department of Community Health Commissioner, Clyde Reese, pointed out the $13.6 million in state funds to update skilled nursing facilities to the 2012 cost report.  The Subcommittee continued its budget hearings the following day to hear public testimony on the FY15 budget.  Jon Howell, GHCA President & CEO, testified in support of the Governor’s recommendations. The full Senate passed one piece of legislation this morning by a vote of 49-0; the Amended FY 2014 (HB 743) budget.  Since there are minor differences between the House and Senate, it will now go to a Conference Committee of three representatives from both chambers. Listed below are recent GHCA bills of interest and where they are in the process: SB 291, sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), creates The Georgia Adult and Aging Services Agency and the Georgia Adult and Aging Services Board, which would act as a substitute for the Division of Aging. This bill passed the full Senate by a vote of 45-5.  It now heads to the House for consideration. [...]

February 14th, 2014|Gold Dome, Legislative|

Gold Dome Report January 31, 2014

While the General Assembly was scheduled to meet all five days this week, the weather had something else in mind.  No activity by the legislature took place on Wednesday or Thursday due to weather conditions, but legislative days were still accounted for. While the session is moving at a record pace, very little legislation is being dealt with.  Listed below are recent GHCA bills of interest and where they are in the process: SB 291, sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), creates The Georgia Adult and Aging Services Agency and the Georgia Adult and Aging Services Board, which would act as a substitute for the Division of Aging. This bill is scheduled to be on the Senate floor Monday for a vote. SB 292, sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), establishes, within the Department of Public Health, the Alzheimer's Disease Registry, which would be a central database of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. This registry is a product of the Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Task Force which met throughout the previous year. This bill is scheduled to be on the Senate floor Monday for a vote. HB 839, sponsored by Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine), revises a number of provisions relating to the composition, appointment, removal and powers of hospital authority board members to [...]

January 31st, 2014|Gold Dome, Legislative|