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Timothy Sweeney

Prescribing Remedies for Georgia’s Medical Provider Shortage

Posted June 16, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
Local access to health professionals varies widely across Georgia, from relative availability in populous Fulton County to the daunting challenge found in many rural communities. State trends mask the nuanced differences among Georgia’s regions. Evidence indicates nearly two-thirds of Georgia’s counties fall below the statewide average number for each professional… [Read more]

More Needed for Schools, Health Care After $23.7B Budget Kicks in July 1

Posted May 10, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
Gov. Nathan Deal  just signed the state’s budget for the 2017 fiscal year that kicks in this July and once again we heard that the $23.7 billion spending plan represents a “record budget.”  While the recently signed budget promises to move the state forward in many ways, it is important… [Read more]

Georgia Misses Big Opportunity to Help Struggling Rural Hospitals

Posted April 22, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
First published in the SW Georgia Health Beat on page 23. The good news is Georgia lawmakers understand something must be done to help the state’s struggling rural hospitals. Calhoun Memorial Hospital closed in Arlington in recent years, as did Flint River Hospital in Macon County and too many others… [Read more]

Lawmakers Miss on Health Care, Education, but Leave Flawed Tax Plan Behind

Posted April 1, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
Soon after the traditional paper storm settled on the 2016 legislative session Gov. Nathan Deal’s swift veto of the so-called religious liberty bill grabbed the headlines. It’s understandable if you lost track of the fate of other important legislation at the end of the whirlwind 2016 session. While social issues… [Read more]

Tax Credit for Contributions to Rural Hospitals: Updated Bill Analysis

Posted March 10, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
The Georgia House of Representatives has passed a $100 million tax credit program for individual and corporate donations to hospitals in rural or nearly-rural Georgia communities. House Bill 919 is designed to create private investment incentives for rural hospitals to help shore up their finances. The flawed legislation contains very… [Read more]

Tax Credit for Contributions to Rural Hospitals

Posted February 24, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
Bill analysis updated on Mar. 10, 2016. Please see updated draft. Georgia lawmakers are considering a $250 million tax credit program for individual and corporate donations to hospitals in rural or nearly-rural Georgia communities. House Bill 919 is designed to create private investment incentives for rural hospitals to help… [Read more]

School Workers, State Retirees Make Gains in 2017 House Budget Passed Today

Posted February 19, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
The Georgia House of Representatives today proposed increased benefits for state retirees and expanding raises to public school support workers as it put its own touches on the governor’s proposed $23.7 billion budget for 2017. State senators get a chance as soon as next week to insert their chamber’s priorities,… [Read more]

New State Health Budget Traps 300K Georgians in Coverage Gap

Posted February 2, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
The proposed 2017 budget for the Department of Community Health directs $2.5 billion from the state general fund to operate Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs, which are expected to cover more than 2 million Georgians next year. The budget adds money to pay for new enrollees and higher health care… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Budget for Department of Community Health

Posted February 2, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
The proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 directs $2.59 billion from the general fund to the Department of Community Health, excluding money for attached agencies. This is an increase of $157 million, or 6.5 percent, compared to the 2016 budget, though $46.5 million of that… [Read more]

Overview of Georgia’s 2017 Fiscal Year Budget

Posted January 20, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
The $23.7 billion state budget proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal for the 2017 fiscal year represents a high water mark for state spending in a single year. The governor proposes a $1.9 billion increase in total state spending compared to the 2016 budget, but only returns overall state spending to… [Read more]