Kemp signs measure to reform Georgia’s certificate of need law

(The Center Square) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed several health care-related bills during a Friday ceremony in Athens, including a measure to relax state requirements regulating health care facilities.

The centerpiece of the bills the Republican governor signed was House Bill 1339, which reforms Georgia’s decades-old certificate of needs requirement. The measure, in part, shortens the time for hospital application reviews and expands the rural hospital tax credit program.

“Today is a momentous day for Georgians across our state who will soon have greater access to health care and personalized treatment,” Americans for Prosperity-GA State Director Tony West said in a statement. He added that the day “will be remembered for years to come as the first step leading to the full repeal of Certificate of Need.”

West called out Augusta resident Katie Chubb, whose effort to open a birth center in the Garden
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