Legislative Priorities

The Medical Association of Georgia’s priorities for the 2018 state legislative session include…

Health Insurance

  • Developing a solution for the “surprise health insurance coverage gap.”
  • Streamlining and improving the prior authorization process.
  • Promoting more and better health insurance coverage options for pain therapy.
  • Ensuring that patients have access to every physician insurers advertise as “in-network” for the duration of the contract year to ensure the continuity of care.
  • Requiring insurers to be transparent about how they develop their networks, their standards of participation, and the process they use to select and de-select physicians for their networks.
  • Allowing patients to make their own health care decisions based on the best treatment options, their medical history, and the advice they receive from their physician rather than an insurer’s step therapy protocols.

Patient Safety

Working with allied stakeholders (e.g., MagMutual) on key patient safety initiatives, including distracted driving.


Exploring a waiver option to access federal funds to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

Scope of Practice

Addressing scope of practice issues that undermine patient safety.

Click for 2018 Legislative Session Key Bills Summary

2018 Legislative Education Seminar

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging its members to make plans to attend the ‘Summer Legislative Education Seminar’ on June 1-2.

The ‘Legislative Education Seminar’ will take place at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris. It will get underway with a reception on the evening of Friday, June 1, and it will conclude with a dinner on Saturday, June 2.

Sponsors include…

– Physicians for Fair Coverage
– MAG Medical Reserve Corps
– Medical Association of Atlanta
– PhRMA 
– Georgia Society of Ophthalmology
– Georgia Psychiatric Physician Association
– Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists
– Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine
– American College of Physicians, Georgia Chapter
– Georgia Orthopaedic Society

The Brasstown Valley Resort is sold out. However, rooms are available at the The Ridges Resort & Marina – which is a five-minute drive away – for a discounted rate of just $179 per night (plus fees/taxes). Call 706.896.2262 and mention the “Medical Association of Georgia” to get the discount. Contact  Anita Amin at anita@associationstrategygroup.us or 404.299.7700 with any questions related to lodging.  

There is a $100 registration fee per physician and per guest, which will cover the cost of meals – including a plated “networking” dinner on Friday, June 1, and breakfast, boxed lunch, and group dinner on Saturday, June 2.

Contact Derek Norton at dnorton@mag.org or 678.303.9280 with any questions related to the meeting.

Click to register for MAG’s 2018 ‘Legislative Education Seminar’


MAG’s Department of Government Relations

Contact MAG Government Relations Director Derek Norton by email  or call 678.303.9280 with questions related to MAG’s legislative priorities for 2017.

Bethany Sherrer, Associate, by email or call 678.303.9273.

Christiana Craddock, Legislative Assistant, by email or call 678.303.9271.

e-News from the Capitol

Click here to read weekly news from the Capitol during the legislative session. 
With nearly 8,000 members, MAG is the leading voice for the medical profession in Georgia – which includes physicians in every specialty and practice setting. MAG membership has increased by more than 35 percent since 2010.