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March 8, 2017
2017 Legislative Session Nears Its End
Last Friday was Crossover Day, the 28th day of the 40-day session. Generally, a bill has to pass from one chamber to the other by Crossover Day to become law that session. Sine Die, the official end to the 2017 Legislative Session is scheduled for March 30. Eleven working days remain. As the General Assembly wraps up, we continue to closely monitor key pieces of legislation that could impact Georgia consumers.
You can keep up-to-date on all the bills we're following on our Take Action page.

Here are some important highlights:
We successfully stopped House Bill 353 from passing in the House on Crossover Day! Thanks for speaking up with us to prevent the Title Pawn industry from weakening our usury laws!
While HB 353 did not pass in the House by Crossover Day, we continue to monitor for the potential that the bill that failed to pass the House is amended onto other legislation still active this Session.
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.