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GRHA Newsletter  Week of January 18, 2013    [email protected]    478-552-3620


Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. Join now!

FY 2013 GRHA Board of Directors


Denise Kornegay

Immediate Past President

Sallie Barker

President Elect

Ann Addison

Vice- President

Shelly Spires


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland Gillman

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Tim Trottier

Mary Mathis

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Carie Summers

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


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Georgia Department of Public Health to Broaden Statewide Telemedicine Network in 2013 
During a recent appointment, Dr. Anne Patterson, a maternal fetal medicine specialist, spoke with an expectant mother, studied an ultrasound and discussed next steps for care for the woman, whose baby appeared to have an enlarged heart. She even called in a pediatric cardiologist to discuss the fetus' condition. But while Patterson was seated in her metro Atlanta office, her patient sat on an examination table four hours away in Thomasville, Ga.  

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State Capitol 


Georgia Rural Health Association 


Rural Health Day at the Capitol


Wednesday, February 20, 2013


State Capitol


South Wing


8:00 am - 12:00 pm 


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Free Webinar:

Successful Rural Healthcare Philanthropy


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Date: Thursday January 31, 2013 

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EST)    

Sponsor: Georgia Rural Health Association and Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Jim Lyons - Senior Partner, Pride Philanthropy

Patti Lyons - Executive Partner, Pride Philanthropy 


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During the 2013 Legislative Session GRHA Members can go to our website and access the latest Legislative Reports and Bill Tracking Documents for the 2013 Session of the Georgia General Assembly. From the Advocacy Page, click on "2013 Legislative Tracking" and log in. For assistance please contact our office at 478-552-3620 or [email protected] 


Provider fee bill sails through Senate

By Andy Miller
January 17, 2013

The state Senate passed legislation Thursday that would facilitate the renewal of the hospital provider fee, after soundly rejecting a bid to tie the bill's approval to Georgia expanding its Medicaid program.


As envisioned by the 2010 federal health reform law, Medicaid expansion would add more than 600,000 lower-income Georgians to the program. Senate Democrats offered the amendment to allow the provider fee to fund expansion of the Medicaid program. The amendment failed on a party-line vote, 36-18.


The overall Republican-backed provider fee bill passed easily, 46-9, after more than two hours of feisty debate.


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Governors Could Be Heroes  

By Dr. Wayne Myers

The big choices in health care reform now rest with the state governors.  The biggest is whether to accept the federal offer of support for Medicaid expansion.


This turns out to have a smaller price tag than a lot of people suppose, and a lot of lives depend on it.


The Medicaid program is the government health insurance program to pay doctors, hospitals and others who provide care to people who don't have much money.  As the program stands now, the richest states pay half the money for their people and the federal government pays the other half.  

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Funding Opportunity


2013 General Operating Support Grants - Cycle 1


Issued: 1/7/2013


Application Deadline: 2/4/2013 by 12:00 PM EST


Purpose/Goal Statement: Healthcare Georgia Foundation's mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. In 2012, the Foundation launched a newly revised grantmaking program specifically for providing general operating support and direct services support for the Georgia non-profit community, in response to the changing needs of both the nonprofit health sector and the growth of the Foundation. In 2012, 27 grants were awarded across Georgia totaling $1,189,000. The funding was allocated across two grant cycles (General Operating Support-Cycle 1 and Direct Services Support-Cycle 2) that were released in January and July.


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Funding Opportunity 

FCC Chairman Announces Up to $400 Million Healthcare Connect Fund





Today, at the Oakland Children's Hospital & Research Center, FCC Chairman Genachowski was joined by the Alameda 
County Health Care Services Agency, the California Telehealth Network, and the Juvenile Justice Center to announce that up 
to $400 million in annual funding will be made available to healthcare providers as part of the FCC's new Healthcare Connect Fund. Beginning in 2013, the FCC's new Healthcare Connect Fund will spur the development of broadband networks to support modern telemedicine, which will link urban medical centers to rural clinics or provide instant access to health records.


Mark Your Calendar


Rural Health Day at the Capitol

Georgia Rural Health Association

February 20, 2013

Georgia State Capitol

Sponsorship form


Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

2013 Policy Conference

January 25, 2013 

The Loudermilk Center

40 Courtland Street, NE

Atlanta, GA 30303 



Georgia Organics 

A Prescription for Better Health

16th Annual Georgia Organics Conference

February 22-23, 2013

Georgia International Convention Center

Atlanta, Georgia



Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

2013 Annual Spring Conference

March 18-20, 2013

Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Georgia






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