2016 Family Medicine Legislative Champions of the Year


The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians each year recognizes legislative leaders in the Georgia General Assembly. This year, Rep, Terry England (R-116) and Sen. Jack Hill (R-4) were selected for their support of Georgia health initiatives and their stewardship as the chairpersons of the Appropriations Committee for their respective legislative bodies.

Chairpersons England and Hill shepherded in an increase in payment for 32 primary care codes for Medicaid, a major victory for family physicians, including their pediatric, internal medicine, and obstetrics/gynecological colleagues. Victories also include tax credits for rural hospitals and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill, which allows clinicians to better identify patients who may have prescription drug addiction.

“Both chairpersons England and Hill have really made the health of Georgians their priority and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians wants to recognize those legislators who are fighting for a healthier and better future for Georgia residents”, said Mitzi Rubin, M.D. Dr. Rubin is the president of the GAFP and a family physician in the Atlanta area.

Both Chairmen Hill and England were extremely grateful to win the award and demonstrated a continuing commitment to family medicine. “It is an honor to be named GAFPs 2016 Legislative Champion of the Year, along with my esteemed colleague, Jack Hill,” said Rep. England.  “Family medicine plays a large role in the overall health and wellness of our families and the citizens of this state, and investing in family medicine is ultimately and investment in the well-being of all Georgian.”