Government Affairs: Patients First Act

Patients First Act

Please be aware that GOTA is putting together a response to the call for public comment on the recent waiver proposals REINSURANCE IN GEORGIA ACCESS MODEL (specifically Section 1132) from Governor Brian Kemp. The deadline for public comment is on December 3, 2019. 

Here is a link to the public notice which includes locations and dates for comment and the actual proposal: https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2019-11-04/georgia-access-public-comment

 



Public Comment LOCATIONS & DATES

Gainesville, Georgia

Monday, November 18, 2019, 1:00 p.m. EST

Gainesville Civic Center, Chattahoochee Room

830 Green Street, N.E., Gainesville, Georgia 30501

Rome, Georgia

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 1:00 p.m. EST

West-Rome Baptist Church, The Well Building

914 Shorter Avenue, Rome, Georgia 30165

Kennesaw, Georgia

Friday, November 22, 2019, 2:00 p.m. EST, 

North Cobb Regional Library 

Multi-Purpose Room 3535 Old 41 HWY, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

1332 Waiver

The 1332 waiver , if approved, would reshape the state’s insurance market with two phases: first, a state-based reinsurance program followed by much broader changes to the state’s insurance market to begin in 2022. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance on Section 1332 with new more relaxed “guardrails” and Georgia is the first state to take advantage of this new guidance. Under this proposal, private entities could display  “the full range of coverage options” available in the state, including both qualified health plans (QHPs) that meet the Affordable Care Act’s requirements and “eligible non-QHPs” which do not meet the ACA’s requirements. Eligible non-QMHPs could decline to cover entire essential health benefit categories, such as habilitation and rehabilitation which will affect access to occupational therapy services.

For more information: https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20191105.878300/full/

1115 Waiver

The 1115 Waiver proposes to extend Medicaid eligibility to individuals who meet work and community engagement requirements and are under 100% of the federal poverty level. To date, no state has received approval for partial expansion.

News article: https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/kemp-medicaid-plan-would-cover-thousands-but-not-most-georgia-poor/HH4S8EzYyCrUkdoy6VGxtI/

Individuals or groups with disabilities, who require special accommodations, including auxiliary communicative aids and services during these meetings should notify Matthew Krull at [email protected] or (404) 651-5016 no later than 24 hours ahead of the scheduled public hearing to ensure any necessary accommodation can be provided.

Questions?

Contact Audrey Gargiullo, AOTA Representative Assembly GA Representative via [email protected].

 

 

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