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georgiahealthnews.com http://www.georgiahealthnews.com/2012/01/legislative-preview-expect-health- care/#more-15696 Legislative preview: The health care lineup Health care typically occupies a large share of the legislation lineup during a Georgia General Assembly session. Dozens of health-related bills are introduced, promoted or debated, on topics that can range from the prescribing of drugs to an insurance policy’s fine print. This year, though, many experts say they expect the Legislature to approve no seismic changes in health care, unlike in recent years, when new agencies were created or regulatory structures remade. One reason is that lawmakers will be working within the confines of a tight budget. Agencies face a 2 percent cut in their budgets, including the new Department of Public Health, which has been hamstrung financially after years of reductions. Secondly, it’s an election year, when many legislators take fewer chances in embracing bold initiatives — especially tax increases. Still, every session seems to bring a health care surprise or two. Last year, a bill to help create a health insurance exchange, supported by Gov. Nathan Deal, went down in flames amid opposition from Tea Party members. The 2012 legislative session begins next week. Among the major topic areas in health care: Medicaid The budget for the $6 billion (including federal funds) program is a perennial variable. “Medicaid is always on the table,’’ says Kevin Bloye, a Georgia Hospital Association vice president. Deal recently restored pay that was to be cut from doctors and other medical providers in the Medicaid
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