Georgia Gov. Kemp signs health care legislation

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ATLANTA (WSAV) – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed 10 health care bills into law. 

The biggest bill: the Certificate of Need reform. Also known as CON, the law is meant to protect nonprofit hospitals.

Under the new law, Cancer Treatments Center of America (CTCA) will be able to expand, allowing more patients to be treated. Right now, there are only 50 beds at the facility, but under the new law CTCA can apply to add about 10 beds a year.

”When you start talking about regulations and CON they have no idea what that is, they’re like, ‘That’s crazy, we need access. We don’t care about all that. We have a relative or a child who is dying and needs treatment or can’t get the right drug,’” Kemp said.

The governor also signed the Step Therapy bill into law, which gives more power to doctors to choose a patient’s medication — not insurers.

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