The following bills concerning health care issues were passed in the 2007 session of the General Assembly:
• SB 42: Authorizes the Department of Human Resources to collect fees for child support collection.
• SB 60: Establishes a trauma care commission. The commission will develop a plan to ensure that every Georgian has access to trauma care as needed.
• SB 61: Requires a child-placing agency to submit to a criminal history records check.
• SB 148: Creates the newborn umbilical cord blood bank for postnatal tissue and fluid, which can be used in nondestructive stem cell research.
• HB 155: Requires background checks for owners of personal care facilities.
• HB 429: Creates the “Georgia HIV Pregnancy Screening Act of 2007,” which requires family planning clinics be given the opportunity to provide an HIV test to pregnant women, unless the patient refuses.
• HB 497: Allows fathers to execute a pre-birth surrender of rights to ease adoption proceedings.
• HB 549: Increases the minimum number of therapy services reimbursable by Medicaid.
• SR 363: Creates the Mental Health Joint Commission that will evaluate Georgia’s mental health service delivery system.
Health care budget funding in the FY2008 state budget
• PeachCare is funded at the 2007 level
• Creates Medicaid buy-in program for the disabled
• Funds Mercer Medical School Expansion to Savannah to increase the number of physicians
• Increases pay package for pubic health nurses to 85 percent of market
• $7 million for pandemic flu vaccine
• $1 million for Statewide Health Information Network
• Start-up funds for new community health centers
• $250,000 each for the six regional cancer centers — tobacco funds
• $700,000 operating grant increase to Morehouse Medical School
• Statewide computer network connecting child advocacy centers
• $15.5 million for indigent care for privately owned hospitals (in FY07 amended)
• $1.35 million for a Rural Health Care Initiative
• $500,000 additional funds for Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
• $750,000 for statewide electronic information network connecting community health centers
• $150,000 for diabetes awareness campaign
• $450,000 in new permanent funding for hemophilia patients
• Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for 15 new counties
• Increases initial and annual clothing allowances for foster children
• Begin assessment center funding for child victims of prostitution
• Funds 610 new unduplicated recipients for elderly at-home services through Medicaid
• Funds 1,546 new unduplicated recipients for at-home services for developmentally disabled.
• Increases funding by $1.5 million for vaccines for underinsured children
• $150,000 increased funding for Suicide Prevention Program
• Increases funds for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
• Transfers $750,000 in tobacco funds to the Georgia Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell facility at the Medical College of Georgia
• Increases optometry student funding for five additional students
• Funds $10 million in life sciences vaccine research through the Georgia Research Alliance
• $5 million for planning for the new Charlie Norwood Dental School Building
The governor has not signed the FY2008 Budget (HB 95)
Next week: Georgia’s April revenue report and a legislative review of higher education
Visit the Legislature’s home page at www.legis.state.ga.us
To view the FY2008 budget in its entirety:www.senate.ga.gov - Tab - Budget Reports
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