Georgia Republican tries to revive stalled rural hospital plan

State Rep. Geoff Duncan.

A House Republican hopes to breathe new life into a stalled bill that would amp up a tax credit for donors who pour money into the state’s crumbling rural health system.

State Rep. Geoff Duncan’s measure, House Bill 54, failed to reach a vote at last week’s crucial Crossover Day deadline. But he said he’s found a new avenue for the bill – by tacking it onto legislation sponsored by state Sen. Dean Burke involving rural hospital rules.

“Rural Georgia is expecting us to do something now,” said Duncan, a Cumming health executive with an eye on higher office. “I can’t sit back and let good policy die.”

 


 

Duncan was behind a plan last year that offered tax credits for donors to rural hospitals – he pitched it as a lifeline for struggling medical centers – but few have applied for the credits. At least eight have shuttered since 2001 and more than a dozen others are on the verge of failing.

His measure initially sought to raise the tax credit from 70 percent to 90 percent for donors to rural hospitals. He said Thursday his new plan would raise it to 100 percent, making it a dollar-for-dollar incentive. It sets a statewide cap of tax credits at $60 million over the next three years.

“If I asked anyone in this state if we could raise $60 million virtually overnight for 49 rural hospitals, how could they say no?” he said. “For the life of me, I cannot figure out why it doesn’t have the momentum rural Georgia is expecting.”

He’s aiming for a hearing in the House Ways & Means committee as soon as next week.

Read the new version of Duncan’s measure here.

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16 comments
Tracy Martin
Tracy Martin

Their answer to everything is a tax credit.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

When they get rid of all the illegals using them for nothing things will start to look up.

Delane Wilson Cunningham
Delane Wilson Cunningham

As Ted says, GEORGIA did not expand Medicaid which had the potential to save rural providers.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Government should not be involved in health care. Let the free market take over and watch prices drop and quality improve.

Randy Flanagan
Randy Flanagan

Fee Market? If I die for lack of or for poor quality health care, it's not like I can come back to the Doc and get a different model or ask for a refund. Monetizing health care is wrong.

Issac Reid
Issac Reid

Lou Davis you don't know what was happening to seniors before Medicaid or Medicare. They were just dying. I hate people like you I love my parents.

Andrew Ashworth
Andrew Ashworth

Wrong. Government interference in the market has caused these issues.

Melissa Page
Melissa Page

Your profit driven market is the reason why healthcare in the U.S. is in such sorry shape.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

In a free market, businesses that don't keep their promises don't last long.

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

"In the Big Rock Candy Mountains All the cops have wooden legs And businesses that don't keep their promises don't last long And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs..."

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Economic illiterates. Any business that survives more than a few years in a competitive marketplace is keeping their promises and making customers happy enough to come back and vote with their dollars. Nothing is as fair as capitalism. Unless both parties benefit, there is no transaction. You should ask the government to refund the money they spent on your education.

Amanda Ruf
Amanda Ruf

Shame you can't ask all those that died from being denied insurance for pre-existing conditions. Or those that met their yearly and lifetime maximum on the health insurance policies. Or those on the waiting list on high risk pools that was used in the past and being regurgitated under Trumpcare. Easy to ignore those that died.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

If something helps one person, yet harms a hundred, is it good for society? The collapse of Obamacare is imminent. Trump should just let it die, but he truly wants to make things better.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Issac Reid, you should be ashamed of yourself. Most Americans strive to be self-sufficient and not mooch off others. Everyone works hard for their money. Do you hate everyone who doesn't give you want you want? Grow up and stop depending on others. There are Takers and Givers in life and you are a taker.

Ted Wetherby
Ted Wetherby

Its amazing the fix is to expand Medicaid to the poor making 1,500 or less a month and they are just too fixated on destroying the Medicaid expansion to do it. This problem is only in states that did not expand Medicaid although they would like you to think otherwise.