FY 2014 GRHA Board of Directors
Dr. Ann Addison
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
Meet our Board of Directors
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February 7, 2014
Dear GRHA members and friends,
Please renew your membership by February 21st for the 2014 dues cycle. For non members, join GRHA today and be a part of the nation's oldest state rural health association which is dedicated to promoting and improving health care in the Georgia's 109 rural counties. We need your help!
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GRHA Executive Director
Pictured: Dr. Mary Mathis, Assistant Professor at Mercer University School of Medicine and GRHA Board Member and Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director, outside of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Dr. Mary Mathis, Assistant Professor at Mercer University School of Medicine and GRHA Board Member, Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director and Kate Hill, GRHA Member and Clinical Director of the Compliance Team, recently visited congressional offices February 5th for the National Rural Health Association's annual Policy Institute. The event offered an opportunity to learn first-hand about the development and implementation of health care policy at the federal level and a chance to meet with Georgia's congressional delegation.
NRHA developed three "asks" or items that advocates took to Capitol Hill. GRHA asked Georgia's senators and representatives to support:
1) Protecting and strengthening all rural Medicare programs.
2) Modifying the Medicare sequestration process to avoid disproportionate harm to the rural health safety net.
3) Appropriate funding levels for rural health programs for the remainder of fiscal year 2015.
Click here for a document outlining these requests.
To view other valuable documents from the Policy Institute click here.
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R.A.I.S.E. 2014 GRHA Legislative Agenda
Rural Health Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8:00 am -12:00 pm
Legislative Alert|HB 922 was introduced in the Georgia House or Representatives this week by State Representative Ben Harbin (R-Augusta). The legislation creates a tax credit for community based faculty and is a recommendation from the 2013 Primary Care Summit. Additionally, it is a legislative priority of GRHA.
Please contact your members of the Georgia General Assembly and voice support for HB 922.
To find your state lawmakers click here.
From the Georgia Health News Op-ed "Fix the primary care shortage before it's a crisis" published January 23, 2014:
"Research indicates that medical professionals tend to stay within 30 to 60 miles of where they received most of their training. But many Georgia medical school graduates are not choosing to complete their residency training here. In 2011, only 15.8 percent of Georgia's first-year residency slots were filled by Georgia medical school graduates.
The 2013 Primary Care Summit recommendations address challenges in educating our existing medical students by advocating tax credits for primary care community-based faculty members who host 3rd- and 4th-year Georgia medical students, physician assistant students, and nurse practitioner students in their practices for required training.
It is imperative that the training of these students be secured in communities across the state, as these three disciplines form the core primary care workforce. Estimates show such a tax credit would cause a minuscule loss of revenue to the state, but would have a major impact on the primary care workforce available to our rural citizens."
In rural Georgia, federal health insurance marketplace proves unaffordable to many
By Jordan Rau, Published: February 2
ALBANY, Ga. - If Lee Mullins lived in Pittsburgh, he could buy mid-level health coverage for his family for $940 a month. If he lived in Beverly Hills, he would pay $1,405.
But Mullins, who builds custom swimming pools, lives in southwest Georgia. Here, a similar health plan for his family of four costs $2,654 a month.
This largely agrarian pocket of Georgia, where peanuts and pecans are major crops and hunters bag alligators up to 10 feet long, is one of the most expensive places in the nation to buy health insurance through the new online marketplaces created by the federal health law. The only places with higher premiums are the Colorado mountain resort areas around Aspen and Vail, a high-cost-of-living area unlike Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Community Health, State Office of Rural Health is proud to announce the 2014 Rural Health Network Grant opportunity.
Rural Health Network Grant - FY 14
Mark Your Calendar
Georgia Health Policy Center
Georgia's Marketplace Enrollment: An Update on Safety Net Provider Activity
Location: Anderson Conference Center-Macon, Georgia
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Please register by Monday, February 10th
Georgia Breast Cancer Genomic Health Consortium
Conference - The First Line of Defense: Application of Breast Cancer Genomic Standards in Primary Care
February 21, 2014
Callaway Gardens Lodge and Spa
Georgia Partnership for Telehealth
5th Annual Spring Conference
March 19-22, 2014
Omni Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303
Contemporary Topics in Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology
02.13.14 12:15pm - 1:15pm
FREE Webinar with CME/GNA/LPCAGA hour
Felissa Goldstein, MD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Interim Medical Director
Marcus Autism Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta