Georgia Chamber Scorecard Bill Signed by Governor Brian Kemp

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Friday, March 29th, 2019

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce commends Governor Brian Kemp on his efforts to address the state’s uninsured population and struggling rural health care providers. The Georgia Chamber recognizes Senate Bill 106: Patients First Act as a legislative priority and a Scorecard bill for the 2019 legislative session.

Today, Governor Brian Kemp signed SB 106 on the North Wing Stairs of the Georgia State Capitol, after being approved by the Georgia State Senate and Georgia State House of Representatives. The legislation will enable the Kemp administration to engage with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services on both an 1115 waiver to expand health access under the state’s Medicaid program, as well as a waiver under the federal 1332 program to help assist Georgians struggling to afford insurance on the federal insurance exchange.

Chris Clark, President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber, states, “With the passage of SB 106, Georgia will be able to improve the quality of health care statewide while addressing those citizens who need our help the most. We applaud this bold initiative of Governor Brian Kemp and excited to see the positive developments of the state’s uninsured population and struggling health care providers.”

The Georgia Chamber supports the pursuit of waivers and/or block grants to expand healthcare access through innovative state driven programs that encourage flexibility, affordability and sustainability. To view the full list of the 2019 legislative priorities, click here.