Legislative Priorities

The Medical Association of Georgia’s priorities for the 2019 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 coverage options for pain therapy

– Ensuring that patients have access to every physician who is advertised as “in-network” for the duration of a contract year to ensure continuity of care

– Requiring insurers to be transparent about how they develop their networks, their standards of participation, and the process they employ to select/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 insurers' step therapy protocols

– Continuing to oppose retrospective ER claims review policies

Rural Health Care

– Recruit and retain an adequate physician work force

– Improve the accessibility of health care in rural areas

Patient Safety

– Working with allied stakeholders (e.g., MagMutual) on key patient safety initiatives, including cancer screening and treatment for substance abuse (e.g., detoxification units and “Casey’s Law”)

Medicaid

– 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

Contact MAG Government Relations Director Derek Norton at dnorton@mag.org or 678.303.9280 with questions related to MAG’s legislative priorities for 2019.

Events

Save February 20 for the 2019 ‘white coat’ event

MAG is encouraging physicians to make plans to attend the 2019 ‘Physicians’ Day at the Capitol,’ which will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20. Contact Christiana Craddock at ccraddock@mag.org or 678.303.9271 with questions or to RSVP.

Save May 31 - June 2 for MAG’s 2019 ‘Legislative Education Seminar’

MAG is encouraging its members to save May 31 - June 2 for MAG’s 2019 ‘Legislative Education Seminar,’ which will take place at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris. More than 80 physicians and 40 state leaders attended the meeting in 2018. Monitor www.mag.org for details – and contact Derek Norton at dnorton@mag.org or 678.303.9280 with questions.

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.