Georgia Bio Advocacy Blog

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Patient’s Corner: Living with Chronic Illness Vol. 1

June 22, 2021

By Dorothy Leon-Glasser Chronic illness is a disease, condition, or injury that can last years or a lifetime and is typically not curable.  In some cases, it may go into remission, however for most patients it is a lifetime journey.  It can vary in its severity, with some people able to work and live a somewhat…

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Georgia Made Medical Manufacturing Act Signed Into Law

May 25, 2021

On Tuesday, May 4th, Governor Kemp signed Senate Bill 6 into law. SB 6 contains language for the Georgia Made Medical Manufacturing Act, which allows for an additional $1250 tax credit for all new jobs engaged with pharmaceutical and medical supply/device manufacturing. Language for the GMMMA was previously included on several pieces of legislation but…

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Letter to Governor Kemp on Vaccines for Essential Workers

December 17, 2020

Earlier this week, Georgia Bio sent a letter to Governor Kemp requesting that the state consider certain biotechnology industry personnel who reside and/or work in Georgia to be considered as essential workers slated to receive a COVID-19 vaccine during the early phases of immunization. Specifically, we requested that workers involved in research, development, manufacturing and…

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7.23.2020. Cornerstone Government Affairs COVID-19 Legislative Update

July 24, 2020

LegislationSupplemental IVTimeline: After a couple fire drills between the White House and Senate Republicans, Leader McConnell said on the Senate floor today that Republicans will be releasing the bill early next week. He indicated that various Senate Chairs and other senators will be introducing their portions of the bill on Monday. McConnell had planned to…

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Georgia Bio Sign-on to State Medical Technology Alliance HHS & CMS Letter

June 29, 2020

Georiga Bio sign-on to the State Medical Technology Alliance (SMTA) letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Please see the language below. The Honorable Alex M. Azar IISecretaryU.S. Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence Avenue, S.W.Washington, D.C. 20201 The Honorable Seema VermaAdministratorCenters for Medicare &…

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AdvaMed and Georgia Bio Send Letter to Natural Resources & Environment Committee Related to Ethylene Oxide

June 12, 2020

On behalf of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and Georgia Bio, we wrote to the Natural Resources & Environment Committee to share our comments on Senate Bill 426, being considered by the legislature, related to ethylene oxide. As you may know, billions of medical devices each year in the U.S. are sterilized using ethylene…

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Advocating in the Age of COVID: Best Practices

May 26, 2020

By: Cornerstone Government Affairs As you manage how meetings have changed in the age of COVID-19, consider these best practices as you connect with policymakers in the age of COVID-19: Before the Meeting Email materials that you will use during the meeting, such as one-pagers, one day in advance. Make sure you have the materials…

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USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

March 26, 2020

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Read the full announcement to learn more about the opportunities USDA Rural Development is implementing…

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COVID-19 SBA LOAN PROGRAMS

March 26, 2020

The following is a summary from our lobbying firm Cornerstone Government Affairs of the two small business loan programs created as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The first program was created through the passage of what we are calling the “COVID-I” legislation. That bill created a $1 billion fund to immediately assist small businesses…

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Georgia Bio Signs-on Multi-Association Letter on Buy American Executive Order

March 25, 2020

Today Georgia Bio joins several other associations to sign-on the U.S. Chamber Letter to Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Ross, Ambassador Lighthizer, and Director Kudlow. The letter respectfully ask that the Trump administration defer moves to expand the reach of “Buy American” mandates to the medical equipment and biopharmaceutical sector during the present national emergency. Please see…

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