Governor Brian P. Kemp recently selected Sen. Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia) to serve on the 40-member 1115 and 1332 Waiver Stakeholder Working Group. Their first meeting occurred July 18.
“I am honored to be appointed by Gov. Kemp to serve as a member of this stakeholder group,” said Sen. Tillery. “Many in our district find health insurance cost-prohibitive. The folks who can afford coverage are paying two and three times the amount of their home mortgage just on premiums. That’s simply not sustainable. I am solely committed to finding innovative solutions to drive down healthcare cost for all Georgians.”
Sen. Tillery added, “My appointment reflects Governor Kemp’s commitment to rural Georgia and addressing our biggest issues.”
The impetus of this stakeholder group was Senate Bill 106. Sen. Tillery guided SB 106, which allows the Georgia Department of Community Health and the Governor to request waivers to administer Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act differently in Georgia than they are administered in other states. Gov. Kemp and Sen. Tillery have frequently referred to these possible waivers as “providing Georgia solutions to Georgia problems.”
With his work on this healthcare stakeholder group, Sen. Tillery is hosting numerous listening sessions in Senate District 19.
“I want to hear your experiences of how healthcare costs have affected your families. I also want to hear your ideas on how we can do better.”
The following are the dates, locations and times of the meetings:
Telfair County, Aug. 2, 9 a.m., at J. Herschel Sylph Public Safety Building, McRae-Helena.
Jeff Davis County, Aug. 2, 2 p.m., at The Big House.
Wayne County, Aug. 6, 2:30 p.m., Jesup Train Depot.
Long County, Aug. 6, 4:30 p.m., Long County Public Library.
Toombs County, Aug. 8, 9 a.m., Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Vidalia.
Appling County, Aug. 8, 2 p.m., Appling County Courthouse Annex – Commissioners meeting room.
Sen. Tillery concluded by saying, “I still believe the people of Georgia best know how to solve Georgia’s problems. Please join me to share your healthcare cost stories and ideas on resolving this crisis so I can relay them to my colleagues.”