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

Early bird discount available for MAG’s annual legislative seminar

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging member physicians to reserve a room for MAG's 2019 ‘Legislative Education Seminar’ meeting, which will take place at the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris on May 31-June 2. 

Call 800.201.3205 and mention the “MAG Legislative Education Seminar” or click here to receive a discounted room rate of $199 per night plus taxes and fees. The discount will be available until May 10 or until MAG’s block of rooms sells out. Contact Patrice Williams at patrice@associationstrategygroup.us with questions related to lodging. 

Monitor MAG’s communications and www.mag.org for additional details, and contact Derek Norton at dnorton@mag.org or 678.303.9280 with any questions related to the seminar.  

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.