Surprise billing legislation moves forward!
Senate Bill 8 passed the Senate almost two weeks ago and will move on to be heard in the House Insurance Committee. House Bill 71 did not receive a vote from the full House before Friday's
Crossover Day deadline. We will continue to monitor, support and provide input on legislation that protects Georgia consumers from unexpected out-of-network medical bills.
Legislation to hold pharmacy benefit managers accountable passed both chambers!
We support House Bill 276 and Senate Bill 103, identical bills that would prohibit pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from certain practices that limit consumers' ability to use pharmacies of their choice and obtain lower cost drugs. PBMs have been criticized in recent years for failing to pass along savings derived from negotiated drug manufacturer rebates and discounts from retail pharmacies to consumers.
Both bills passed their respective chambers before Crossover Day.
Legislation to expand access to oral healthcare passed both chambers!
House Bill 154 and Senate Bill 12 permit dental hygienists to clean teeth and apply fluoride and sealants without a dentist present in the office in a list of approved settings, including charity care clinics, federally qualified health centers, nursing homes, school-based health centers, and private practices. These bills passed out of their respective chambers before Crossover Day. The bills will now be reconciled before being submitted for a final vote.