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The Georgia State Retirees Association (GSRA) is an organization focused on keeping retirees and prospective retirees from all parts of Georgia Government informed about any impacts to promised retiree and health insurance benefits.                       


2017 GSRA Annual Meeting - October 16-17

GSRA - Working Together for the Benefit of All


Make your plans now to attend GSRA’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Columbus on the banks of the scenic Chattahoochee at the beautiful Columbus Convention and Trade Center.  Be there!




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July Newsletter is published!

The July Newsletter contains an article about the SHBP proposed changes for 2018, an update about the 2017 Annual Meeting, and more.






Chaired by Rep. Richard Smith, the House Balance Billing Study Committee had its first meeting on June 29.  GSRA has reported the problematic issue of balance/surprise billings in several newsletter articles, Facebook postings, and action alerts.  All four other members of the study committee attended the meeting as did over 50 interested parties.  The committee members displayed great comprehension of the problems to be addressed and the issues confronting them.


Chuck Freedman, chair of GSRA's legislative committee, represented GSRA's companion organizations of GPHSA, GREA, PAGE, TRAGIC, GAE, GAE Retirees, and GDOTEA before the committee. You can see and listen to his remarks, the remarks of Beth Stephens of GA Watch with whom GSRA has coordinated closely, as well as those of the chairman and the legislative liaison of the Department of Insurance, here: Chairman Rep. Richard Smith opening remarks, Beth Stephens of Georgia Watch remarks, Chairman and legislative liaison of the Department of Insurance Lindsey Scott remarks, and GSRA Legislative Liason Chuck Freedman remarks. Prior to attending the meeting, Mr. Freedman compiled ten pages of responses from GSRA and TRAGIC members who had experienced the hardships and frustrations of balance/surprise billing. You may note that Chairman Smith obviously read and was touched by those experiences as evidenced by a comment he made after Freedman's testimony. 


The study committee has an uphill challenge to identify a method and craft a bill that will address consumer concerns (eliminate balance billing with no or limited impact on premiums) such that a consensus of insurers and providers can be reached.  It and the chairman will need our and other consumers' support between now and the end of the 2018 session.


GSRA praised during House Insurance Committee hearing on Surprise Billing!


Click on the link below to watch the video: GSRA praised and thanked by Senator Renee Untermann for our support of her "Surprise Billing" bill during the House Insurance Committee Hearing.  The GSRA Legislative Team and our other coalition organizations have continuously supported Senator Unterman and Representative Richard Smith on this issue.  Senate Bill 8 sub passed out of the House Insurance Committee yesterday and now hopefully heads onto the floor and back to the Senate for ultimate passage.  




To watch the video of the entire hearing, click here: WATCH FULL HEARING VIDEO



Price of Senior Pass to National Parks to increase from $20 to $80  Click here to read about the increase   


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