HB 1339 – Georgia

Status: In Process
Year Introduced: 2024
Link: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/67221

This bill proposes amendments to health-related laws in Georgia. It includes changes to the “certificate of need” program, which refers to a regulatory process that requires certain health care providers to obtain state approval before offering certain new or expanded services. Key revisions include: -Instigating a review of the state health plan every five years. -Eliminating capital expenditure thresholds in some situations. Capital expenditure is spending by a company on fixed assets, such as property or equipment. -Changing the process for accepting and reviewing applications, including providing a timeframe for opposing an application. -Revising exemptions from certificate of need requirements. -Increasing fines for failures in reporting. -Provisions to review the current framework of the certificate of need program. The bill also increases the tax credit limit for corporate donations to rural hospital organizations and proposes the creation of the Comprehensive Health Coverage Commission. This new Commission’s duties will include making recommendations pertaining to affordable health care access and coverage and making reports every six months. The bill also plans for the automatic repeal of the commission, though no date is provided. 

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