Task Force Announces Recommendations to Improve the Health and Health Care of Georgians

January 8, 2018

Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and members of Georgia’s Health Care Reform Task Force announced recommendations to slow the rising cost of health care, improve access to medical services, strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, and provide consumers with better health coverage choices. In January 2017, Lt. Governor Cagle called on the Task Force to bring forward solutions to lower the costs of care, premiums, and deductibles so that Georgia families have access to the quality care they need, at a price they can afford.

After hosting a series of meetings across our state – hearing presentations from experts and discussing solutions for the most pressing issues facing Georgians – the Task Force has delivered four core recommendations to improve the health and health care of Georgians.

The Task Force recommends the State of Georgia initiate a stakeholder-driven process to increase the performance and sustainability of our health care system. To achieve this objective, the Task Force proposes creating two organizations designed to promote collaboration, foster a more efficient decision-making process, and better prioritize Georgia’s investments: the Health Coordination and Innovation Council and the Health System Innovation Center. In addition to bringing together all levels of Georgia’s health system, this strategy will cut duplication, streamline government, and result in net savings for our state’s taxpayers.

Every day, Georgia’s families and businesses sit down and figure out how to get better results at a lower cost. State government can, and must, be held to the same standard, particularly for such a major piece of taxpayer spending. These changes will all be accomplished using existing resources, and will not result in any growth in the cost or size of state government.

“Georgia families deserve access to affordable, high quality care,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “Our state is ready to advance a bold conservative vision for health care reform that addresses the needs of all Georgians – especially our rural communities confronting hospital closures, workforce challenges, and limited access to primary and preventative care. By bringing together every level of our state’s health system, under a clear vision for the future, we will lead the way to a better quality and higher functioning health care system.”

The full task force report can be found here.

Contact: 

Danny Kanso
(404) 656-5030
Danny.Kanso@ltgov.ga.gov