The Georgia Orthopaedic Society is asking our members to contact the state legislature regarding an issue on an out of network issue. On Monday, March 12, opponents to our comprehensive and fair solution to surprise medical bills in Georgia sprung a legislative maneuver that would halt our progress and instead provide a shortcut to passing a significantly watered-down version, now disguised as SB 8. SB 8 passed the State Senate last year but was not considered in the House Insurance Committee. Now SB 8 is being used as the legislative vehicle to push HB 678, which does not solve the problem of surprise billing. Right now, Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle, can stop this in its tracks by preventing it from coming to a vote on the floor of the Georgia Senate.
Please use the below form to send a letter to Lieutenant Governor Cagle and State Senators. Or you can directly reach out to them at:
Use these talking points if you directly reach out to them: GA Action – Stop SB 8:
Lt. Gov. Cagle at 404.656.5030 or Taylor.Schindler@ltgov.ga.gov
Sen. Butch Miller at 404.656.6578 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Bill Cowsert at 404.463.1366 or email@example.com
Sen. Steve Gooch at 404.656.9221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. John Kennedy at 404.656.0045 or email@example.com
We need your help today! Please write or call Lieutenant Governor Cagle immediately. The Georgia Coalition to End the Surprise Insurance Gap represents 16 doctor and patient groups, and hundreds of thousands of Georgians who all support the comprehensive solution we’ve been advocating for and know it’s desperately needed. Georgians deserve a comprehensive solution that takes patients out of the middle and ends surprise medical bills – not a watered down, toothless transparency bill that doesn’t solve the problem.