Urgent Call To Action ACT TODAY: SB 166 (RN Compact) and HB 301 (Preceptor Tax Incentive Program)
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With 8 days left in the Legislative Session, we only have a few days left to get SB 166 (RN Compact) and HB 301 (PTIP) out of Commitee and to the floor for a Vote.
PLEASE FORWARD AND SHARE!!!!!
For HB 301 We ask you contact Senate Finance Committee Members (14 Legislatiors) and for SB 166 we ask you contact House HHS Committee Members (35 Legislators). You can call, email or Tweet them!
Summary of Need For PTIP HB 301 (see attached full documents for more program details)
RECOMMENDATION: Provide tax credits for primary care community based faculty precepting 3rd and 4th year Georgia medical / osteopathic students, physician assistant students, and advanced practice registered nurse students.
PURPOSE: To provide needed support to Georgia’s educational programs producing the critical primary care workforce needed in the state.
Rationale and Background for strategy:
* Georgia’s primary care shortages are well documented; it is imperative that the training of medical students, physician assistant students, and advanced practice registered nurses students be secured in the state as these three disciplines form the core primary care workforce. Georgia invests heavily in the educational programs required to produce these students, and efforts such as this tax credit alleviate some of the struggles faced by these programs as they seek to secure sufficient community based training sites to educate their students.
* Off-shore and out-of-state medical schools are using Georgia CBF and paying them +/-$1500 per rotation. Rather than enter into a bidding war with these other players, a tax credit could provide a powerful incentive to Georgia CBF to ONLY take Georgia Medical, Physician Assistant, and Advanced practice registered nurses students. If Georgia MD/DO, PA and NP programs were forced to pay $1500 / rotation, then the expected cost would be approximately $7,219,500 (4,813 rotations x $1500 each). Since the majority of these rotations occur at a program based within the University System of Georgia, the state would be asked to help fund approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of these funds; without additional funding, students matriculating in these programs would be asked to pay additional fees. Additionally, given the deep pockets of the off-shore and out of state programs, the “price” for rotation could and most likely would be pushed higher as the “bidding war” begins for the community- based clinical training sites and faculty.
Senate Finance Committee Members
Hufstetler, Chuck Chairman
Hill, Hunter Vice Chairman Hunter.Hill@senate.ga.gov
Albers, John Secretary email@example.com
Jackson, Lester G.
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Hill, Jack Ex-Officio
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CALL TO ACTION Nursing Compact SB 166
This is all bill ALL NURSES need to get behind with ONE VOICE, GNA who is taking the LEAD on this Bill has initiated a CALL TO ACTION today. Here are the details:
Nursing Licensure Compact Bill (NLC/SB 166) has successfully passed the Georgia State Senate! This is great news for us but our work is far from done.
Only 8 legislative days remain to get SB 166 out of the House Health and Human Services (HHS) committee and on to the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives for a full vote.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!! Sample Letter Provided Below, Please Individualize with your Own Benefits of Joining Compact Story
It is a vital imperative that the members of the House HHS committee hear from you, from the entirety of the nursing profession in our state, about the importance of the passage of this bill and Georgia becoming a part of the Nursing Licensure Compact.
Please see the complete contact information for the entire House HHS Committee listed below and consider emailing, calling, tweeting or all of the above, these legislators and indicating the need for them to give SB 166 positive consideration and passage so that it can be moved along onto the floor of the House for a vote. In a matter of 30 minutes
Emails and Phone calls
· NLC will help to fill the need for nurses in rural Georgia.
· NLC will help military spouses obtain their license without undue delay- they typically have to wait between 4-7 weeks for their license to take effect. This means they are unable to work during that time.
· NLC will allow nurses to quickly cross state borders and provide vital services in the event of disaster.
· NLC will help meet the need to get nurse educators that typically have to purchase a license for every state in which they teach. This will help Colleges and Universities recruit other nurse educators to train Georgia nurses.
· NLC removes a burdensome expense for organizations that employ nurses and may share the expense of multiple licenses. This is why several organizations support the compact and want its passage like Piedmont, Grady, CHOA and the Association of Health Plans. In sum, there are more than 20 Georgia organizations that would like to see the NLC passed in Georgia.
· 25 states have already passed this legislation
· Any personal stories you that can be shared about how Georgia being a part of NLC can now make, or could have made, your experience as a nurse more pleasant is always encouraged.
· Ask that they give SB 166 the Nursing Licensure Compact Bill positive consideration and passage using the hashtag #PassTheCompact
WE MUST let our elected officials know that nurses are tuned in and paying attention to them as they make the decision about whether to, or not, take heed our calls for the advancement of the nursing profession in our state!
Call!….. Email!…. Tweet!…. And engage your co-workers and colleagues to join you in doing so, that we may display our ability to organize and engage when the future of our profession is hanging in the balance.
There are 35 legislators below to call. It will take about 30 minutes of your time to call each person. If can't call all 35, then try to call half of the list. If your last name begins with A to M Call the first 19 on the list, if your last name begins with N to Z call the HHS CHAIR and VICE CHAIR (Rep. Cooper and Rep Hawkins) and the last 17 on the list.
House Health and Human Services Committee
· Vice Chair:
· Ed Rynders
· Timothy Barr
· Karen Bennett
· James Beverly
· Bruce Broadrick
· Katie Dempsey
· Demetrius Douglas
Phone: 404- 656-7859
· Karla Drenner
· Spencer Frye
· J. Craig Gordon
· Buddy Harden
· Matt Hatchett
· Michele Henson
· Scott Hilton
· Henry “Wayne” Howard
· Rick Jasperse
· Sheila Jones
· Trey Kelley
· Jodi Lott
· Karen Mathiak
· Billy Mitchell
· Howard Mosby
· Mark Newton
· Don Parsons
· Allen Peake
· Jesse Petrea
· John Pezold
· Betty Price
· Jimmy Pruett
· Dexter Sharper
· Deborah Silcox
· Mickey Stephens
· Pam Stephenson