Kemp signs legislation designed to improve healthcare for Georgians

ATLANTA, GA. Gov. Brian P. Kemp today signed legislation that he says will ensure a safer and healthier Georgia. These bills included one designed to reduce surprise medical billing and another to address Georgia’s maternal mortality rate by enhancing access to quality and timely care for mothers on Medicaid. The bills were signed at a ceremony at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

“This is a historic step forward for Georgia when it comes to healthcare, and frankly, it couldn’t come at a better time – as our state and country face the greatest public health challenge we have seen in the 21st Century,” Kemp said in a press release. “When we began 2020, none of us could have predicted that we would face a pandemic and grapple with unprecedented threats to the lives – and livelihoods – of all Georgians.”

“We have faced sobering moments together, but today is a bright spot as we continue to streamline bureacracy, increase access to care, insist on transparency and fairness, improve health outcomes, and put Georgia families first. I am grateful for the hard work of the General Assembly along with our partners in the medical field, frontline heroes, and local leaders to champion these much-needed reforms as we work to build a safer, stronger Georgia.”

HB 888 – Reduction of Suprise Medical Billing: HB 888 is a bi-partisan reform that puts patients ahead of the status quo and provides a fair process for billing that medical providers and insurers can agree on.

HB 1114 – Postpartum Medicaid Extension: HB 1114 provides for an additional four months of Medicaid coverage for mothers on Medicaid, bringing total coverage to six months. Coupled with other investments, HB 1114 will dramatically improve health outcomes for Georgia mothers.

During the ceremony at Wellstar, Governor Kemp also signed the following legislation: HB 521, HB 578, HB 789, HB 932, SB 28, and SB 395.

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