A handful of Georgia’s most powerful leaders were on hand Friday when Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping package of healthcare legislation into law during a ceremony in his hometown of Athens. The package addresses critical healthcare needs in rural Georgia and underserved communities – but one of the most notable bills signed into law will revise Georgia’s Certificate of Need (CON) process.

Other bills signed Friday will expand the Rural Physician Tax Credit, student loan forgiveness for rural health care professionals to include dental students, establish a loan repayment program for eligible mental health and substance use professionals, and reorganize the county boards of public health.

House Bill 1339, which reforms Georgia’s CON laws, was sponsored by Chairman Butch Parrish, R-Swainsboro, and co-sponsored by House Speaker Jon Burns, R-Newington. 

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