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GEORGIA: Will SB50 Make It Past Crossover [Bill] Day in Georgia Legislature? — SB50 passed the Senate by a 49-0 vote on Feb. 21 — SB50 Referred now to House Insurance Committee, must pass by a majority

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A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 7 of Title 33 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to kinds of insurance, limits of risks, and reinsurance, so as to provide definitions; to provide that direct primary care agreements are not insurance; to exempt such agreements from regulation as insurance; to provide for discontinuance of services under certain circumstances; to provide a short title; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. ~Source: The DPC Journal; Georgia General Assembly; 2017-2018 Regular Session – SB 50 “Direct Primary Care Act”; definitions; provide direct primary care agreements are not insurance.

georgiaATLANTA, Ga. (Feb. 28, 2017) – Last week, the Georgia Senate unanimously passed a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom in the state.

A coalition of six Republican senators sponsor Senate Bill 50 (SB50). Titled the “Direct Primary Care Act,” the legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and patients from the onerous requirements and regulations under the state insurance code. It also stipulates that a physician offering, marketing, selling, or entering into a direct primary care agreement shall not be required to obtain a certificate of authority or license other than to maintain a current license to practice medicine with the State of Georgia.

SB50 moves to the House for further consideration. It was referred to the House Insurance Committee where it must pass by a majority vote before moving to the full House.

The bill defines what constitutes a direct primary care agreement.

SB50 passed the Senate by a 49-0 vote on Feb. 21.


February 27, 2016 | By Ben Johnson

The sponsor of a two-page bill offered to protect direct primary care providers in Georgia says the legislation would lead to better health care and reduced out-of-pocket expenses for patients. Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), the chairman of the Georgia Senate Finance Committee, has introduced the Physician Direct Pay Act (Senate Bill 265) to make clear agreements physicians make directly with patients are not a form of health care insurance. The bill would “exempt such agreements from regulation as insurance,” according to the bill’s text. 




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  1. This is fantastic news considering the state of this bill last legislative session. We’ll have to keep an eye out for lobbying efforts from payers that might take place while the Insurance committee on the house side, but looks promising that it will likely pass. To have as many states as possible with DPC defining legislation BEFORE the ACA replacement is enacted is very important because it sets a firm foundation for DPC foothold is those states, and it makes it easier for states to tweak their respective insurance markets to coincide with possible new federal guidelines if they don’t have to worry about how DPC fits in.

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