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December 5, 2006

Albany--  A group is traveling across the state on a mission to bring more affordable health care to Georgia.  They heard concerns in Albany.

The Georgia Coalition for Affordable Healthcare is a group of lobbyists who say they put patients before profit. They're working with doctors organizations and big business owners to find out how to reduce the health care costs and give patients better access to quality health care.

They're pushing the General Assembly to reform Georgia's Certificate of Need laws that limit competition in health care.

"It's such a large animal and I don't think anybody at this time understands where we're going. We're hoping as I've been told by legislators that they want a full debate and that's what they intend to have and hopefully we'll come out with some changes that are positive in Georgia," said Lobbyist Elizabeth LaVack.

The coalition has four bills they plan to support in the upcoming legislative session. They think they have plenty of backing in the State House of Representatives.

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