ATLANTA (February 22, 2016) | On Monday, the Georgia State Senate passed by an unanimous vote of 52-0 Senate Bill 337. Sen. Larry Walker III (R – Perry) sponsored SB 337, the Military Family Health Protection Act. SB 337 provides Georgia active military personnel and their dependents the right to eligibility and retention of earned priority for medical assistance or developmental disability services, even if they are temporarily stationed outside of Georgia. Continue reading “Sen. Larry Walker III Applauds Senate for Passing Senate Bill 337”
ATLANTA (February 10, 2016) | On Wednesday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 337. Sen. Larry Walker (R – Perry) sponsored SB 337, the Military Family Health Protection Act, to provide Georgia active military personnel and their dependents the right to eligibility and retention of earned priority for medical assistance or developmental disability services, despite being stationed outside of Georgia.
“I’m grateful the committee saw the merit of this legislation, which will help families of our active duty service men and women as they move back to Georgia,” said Sen. Walker. “They sacrifice so much in service to our nation, and we need to take the steps we can at the state and local level to show our appreciation and support of them. This bill is one small way to do that, and I look forward to moving SB 337 forward and having it heard on the Senate floor.”
SB 337 aims to help active military personnel who have temporarily relocated due to change of duty station and who have dependents eligible for, or already receiving, medical assistance. This legislation also requires the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) to keep a database of such residents and a waiting list of Georgia dependents that are temporarily relocated to another state. The database and waiting list aims to protect the dependents coverage and ensures there will not be a lapse in coverage if the family is relocated to another state and then relocates back to Georgia. SB 337 notes that medical assistance or developmental disability services will not be paid for or provided outside of Georgia.
Senate Bill 337 will now go to the Senate Rules Committee.
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ATLANTA (December 18, 2015) | Senator Larry Walker, Jr. (R- Kathleen) was officially sworn into his first term as a Georgia State Senator by Houston County Superior Court Judge George Nunn during a ceremony at the State Capitol Friday. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle presided. Continue reading “Larry Walker, Jr. Officially Sworn In As State Senator”