With the wave of a pen by Gov. Nathan Deal, a number of measures that were passed during the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly became law Tuesday.

Under a new law designed to help some rural hospitals struggling financial to stay afloat, donors to a certain number of rural hospitals across the state can receive a tax break.  According to officials, four hospitals in rural Georgia have closed since 2013, and another 15 are struggling.

With Tuesday’s signing by the Governor, individuals can receive a tax credit of up to $2,500 a year. The number increases to $5,000 for a married couple. Hospitals must report the money to the state, and detail how it was used for “health care-related services.” 

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