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GRHA Newsletter  Week of March 7, 2014    [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 2014 GRHA Board of Directors


Dr. Ann Addison

Immediate Past President

Denise Kornegay

President Elect

Shelly Spires

Vice- President

Dr. Mary Mathis


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland 

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Charles Owens

Chuck Adams

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


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The Healthcare Georgia Foundation has released their

2014 Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the General Operating Grant Program.


Online applications for this grantmaking program are due by April 2, 2014 (3:00 p.m. EST). Please refer to the NOFA on the Foundation's website for guidelines on submitting applications.


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  Thank you to all those who helped make 

 Rural Health Day at the Capitol

a great success!


GRHA members and friends with Governor Nathan Deal


 GRHA members and friends with 

House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge)


The Georgia Rural Health Association would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in Rural Health Day at the Capitol.


We had a great turn out and enjoyed meeting with you and learning what you and your organization is doing to help improve and promote rural health.


GRHA was recognized in the House by Representative Debbie Buckner (D-Junction City) and in the Senate by Senator Dean Burke (R-Bainbridge).

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House OKs bills on Obamacare, foodstamps

By Andy Miller
March 3, 2014

The 2014 legislative session was expected to be a quiet one for health care.


Experts predicted that little of significance on health issues would pass before Georgia lawmakers wrapped up a quick, tidy General Assembly session.


The predictions of a dull session were way off target - sort of like picking Denver to beat Seattle in the Super Bowl.


Major bills on medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion, insurance navigators, autism coverage, abortion, foster care, and the Department of Community Health board have all moved through a chamber or were pending for a vote Monday. In the process, these and other health care proposals captured major legislative attention.


Monday, the 30th day of the legislative session, was Crossover Day. That's a kind of midpoint deadline for bills to advance. A piece of legislation must have passed at least one chamber by midnight on Crossover Day to have a chance at becoming law during the session.


By late afternoon Monday, a handful of bills had moved out of a chamber with clear-cut votes.

The Rural Health Impact of the
President's FY 2015 Budget

President Obama's budget proposal, released earlier this morning, continues to be a source of concern for many rural health providers.  While the non-binding budget proposal is unlikely to be adopted by Congress, the President again proposes cuts to the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) system and other members of the rural health safety net.  As in years past, the President's proposal suggests cutting all CAH reimbursement from 101% of cost to 100% while completely excluding current CAHs that are within 10 miles of another health care facility, regardless of the care that other facility offers or who it is intended to serve.  Additionally, the budget proposal calls for additional cuts to bad debt reimbursement for all providers.  Even discretionary programs designed to help CAHs are being cut; the Rural Health Flexibility Grant line is cut by 15 million dollars.
Mark Your Calendar


Georgia Public Health Association

Annual Conference and Meeting

March 10-11, 2014 in Atlanta, GA

Hilton Atlanta Downtown




Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

5th Annual Spring Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Omni Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center

Atlanta, GA 30303



National Rural Health Association

37th Annual Rural Health Conference 

April 22-25

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Matt Caseman