- The Direct Primary Care Act (SB 18) – authored by Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick (R – 32) – allows physicians to provide direct primary care to patients without having to incur costs of insurance billing and overhead.
- The Georgia Telemedicine Act (SB 118) – authored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R – 45) – is a comprehensive reform of Georgia’s outdated telemedicine act. The bill updates the law in an effort to increase the prevalence of telemedicine.
- The Patients First Act (SB 106) – authored by Sen. Blake Tillery (R – 19) – is an initiative of Governor Brian Kemp and would authorize the Governor’s office to seek both 1115 and 1332 waivers to reform Georgia’s Medicaid system and provide better private market insurance plans than currently available under Obamacare.
2019-2020 Regular Session – SB 18 | “Direct Primary Care Act”
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.
d) To be considered a direct primary care agreement for the purposes of this Code section,30such agreement shall:31(1) Be in writing;32(2) Be signed by a physician or agent of the physician and the individual patient or his33or her legal representative;34(3) Allow either party to terminate such agreement upon written notice; provided,35however, that a physician shall be required to give a patient adequate notice of at least 3036days to allow a patient a reasonable amount of time to find another health care provider,37and a patient shall be required to give a physician notice of no more than 30 days;38(4) Describe the scope of health care services that are covered by the periodic fee;39(5) Specify the periodic fee and any additional fees outside of the periodic fee for40ongoing care;41(6) Specify the duration of such agreement and any automatic renewal periods and42require that no more than 12 months of the periodic fee be paid in advance; and43(7) Prominently state in writing that such agreement is not health insurance.