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3rd of April 2019

2019 Legislative Session Wrap Up

Sine Die was April 2, 2019 – Here’s What Happened: After months of committee meetings, heated debates, and quiet resolutions, the 2019 Georgia legislative session came to a close this week. Please note that, while uncommon, all passed bills are subject to veto by the Governor. The Governor has 40 days to sign or veto […]

27th of March 2019

Keeping Current @ The Capitol: Week of March 25th

Week of March 25, 2019: With the last day of the General Assembly on April 2, 2019, this is the last full week of the legislative session. Policymakers will be working hard to get their bills through Committees in the opposite chamber and to the chamber floor before next Tuesday. Some bills that have amendments […]

20th of March 2019

Keeping Current @ The Capitol: Week of March 18th

Week of March 18, 2019: Charles Johnson Receives Senate Proclamation Today, HMHB Program Advisory Committee member, 2017 Wetzel Award Winner and maternal mortality advocate received a proclamation in his honor delivered by Senators Burt Jones (R-25th) and Freddie Powell Sims (D-12th). “I am here as a guest, but I am also here to respectfully demand […]

14th of March 2019

Keeping Current @ The Capitol: Week of March 11th

Week of March 11, 2019: What Happened on Crossover Day? Last Thursday, March 7, was Crossover Day – the last day of the session where a bill must pass from one chamber to the next if it is to be considered during the current legislative session. Below is a breakdown of what moved forward and […]

4th of March 2019

Keeping Current @ The Capitol: Week of March 4th

Week of March 4, 2019: Thursday is Crossover Day! Thursday, March 7, 2019, is Crossover Day! This is the last day that a bill originating in one chamber must pass so that it can go over to the other chamber for consideration. For example, a House bill must go through committee and be passed by […]

26th of February 2019

Keeping Current @ The Capitol: Week of February 25th

Week of February 25, 2019: Certificate of Need Reform Moves After Hearing Yesterday HB 198 (Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin) was approved by a 10-4 vote in the special House committee on health care access yesterday. This was after contentious testimony from a number of healthcare groups last week on how dramatic changes to the Certificate of […]

19th of February 2019

Keeping Current @ the Capitol: Week of February 18th

Week of February 18, 2019: Medicaid Bill Gets Hearing Today The ‘Patients First Act’ – SB 106 will receive a hearing today in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at 1:00PM. This bill was introduced last week by Republican leadership and would approve an 1115 demonstration waiver to increase Medicaid coverage to those who are at or below […]

11th of February 2019

Keeping Current @ The Capitol: Week of February 11

2019 Maternal & Infant Health Policy BreakfastLast Thursday, HMHB and March of Dimes co-hosted the 2019 Maternal & Infant Health Policy Breakfast. Over 150 attendees, including policymakers, advocates and community members joined us for the event. Congratulations again to our 2018 Charlotte Wilen Advocates of the Year:-Representative Pat Gardner-Representative Carolyn Hugley-Representative Deborah Silcox-Senator Renee Unterman […]

14th of January 2019

The Georgia General Assembly Begins Today

Today is the first day of the 2019 Georgia General Assembly! As always, we will be monitoring legislation that has the potential to impact maternal and infant health outcomes for Georgia families and providers. Every week, we will send out our signature newsletter, Keeping Current @ The Capitol, with updates on legislation, appropriations and other […]

12th of December 2018

Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Maternal Deaths

December 12, 2018 – Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, after two very strong years of advocacy and bipartisan support, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R.1318) passed the House of Representatives. The Act was introduced by Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3] in March of 2017. H.R.1318 would establish and support state Maternal Mortality Review Committees to review […]