Providing you with the education, information and resources you need to serve your patients well remains our number one priority. The GOA is committed to providing you with vital information during this time of uncertainty.
GOA COVID-19 Resource Center

The GOA is committed to providing you with vital information during this time of uncertainty. Please visit the GOA COVID-19 Resource Center on our website where we will continue to list all of our communications on the virus and link any content that could be useful for you and your practice.

Click here to visit the GOA COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.goaeyes.com/GOA/Contact_Management/About/COVID19.aspx

The GOANet also remains active and operational. We will also continue to share updates on our member-facing social media channels found at  https://www.instagram.com/goaeyesconnect/   and   https://twitter.com/GOAeyesConnect .
Families First Coronavirus Relief Act

On March 18th the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) was enacted. The FFCRA guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid family and medical leave and corresponding tax credits, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding. 

Employers – Important Rules On Filing Claims During Temporary Shutdowns

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an  emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5  Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020. Several GOA members have had questions about this new rule and how it applies to their practices. Please click here for an instruction sheet, and FAQ regarding the rule.

The rule mandates all Georgia employers to file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for a ny week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. Download the  How Employers File Partial Claims Desk-Aid  found on the GDOL Alert Page and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Filing partial claims results in your employees receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically. Employees for whom you file a partial claim are NOT required to report to a Georgia Department of Labor career center, register for employment services, or look for other work.
Please continue to monitor our website at  gdol.ga.gov  for any updates to these guidelines.
COVID-19 Webinar: The Science of Social Distancing

The National Academy of Medicine will host the first webinar in their "COVID-19 Conversations" series titled The Science of Social Distancing today at 3 p.m. ET .

The recording and transcript of the webinar will be available on this page in the days following the webinar.

The “COVID-19 Conversations” series is hosted by the National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association.

Register for today's webinar here: http://ow.ly/95LP50yUOPB