Sen. Blake Tillery Appointed to Serve on Healthcare Stakeholder Working Group

ATLANTA (July 24, 2019) | Governor Brian P. Kemp recently selected Sen. Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia) to serve on the 40-member 1115 and 1332 Waiver Stakeholder Working Group. Their first meeting occurred Thursday, July 18, 2019.

“I am honored to be appointed by Gov. Kemp to serve as a member of this stakeholder group,” said Sen. Tillery. “Many in our district find health insurance cost-prohibitive. The folks who can afford coverage are paying two and three times the amount of their home mortgage just on premiums. That’s simply not sustainable. I am solely committed to finding innovative solutions to drive down healthcare cost for all Georgians.” Sen. Tillery added, “My appointment reflects Governor Kemp’s commitment to rural Georgia and addressing our biggest issues.”

The impetus of this stakeholder group was Senate Bill 106. Sen. Tillery guided SB 106, which allows the Georgia Department of Community Health and the Governor to request waivers to administer Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act differently in Georgia than they are administered in other states. Gov. Kemp and Sen. Tillery have frequently referred to these possible waivers as “providing Georgia solutions to Georgia problems.” You can read the full bill here.

With his work on this healthcare stakeholder group, Sen. Tillery is hosting numerous listening sessions in Senate District 19. “I want to hear your experiences of how healthcare costs have affected your families.  I also want to hear your ideas on how we can do better.”

The following are the dates, locations and times of the meetings:


Appling County Meeting:

When: August 8, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Appling County Courthouse Annex – Commissioners Meeting Room

69 Tippins St.

Baxley, GA 31513


Jeff Davis County Meeting

When: August 2, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Big House

25 E. Coffee St.

Hazlehurst, GA 31539


Long County Meeting

When: August 6, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Long County Public Library

270 S. Main St.

Ludowici, GA 31316


Telfair County Meeting

When: August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

Where: J. Herschel Selph Public Safety Building

81 E. Oak St.

McRae-Helena, GA 31055


Toombs County Meeting

When: August 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

Where: Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

2805 E. 1st St.

Vidalia, GA 30474


Wayne County Meeting

When: August 6, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Jesup Train Depot

176 NW Broad St.

Jesup, GA 31545


Sen. Tillery concluded by saying, “I still believe the people of Georgia best know how to solve Georgia’s problems.  Please join me to share your healthcare cost stories and ideas on resolving this crisis so I can relay them to my colleagues.”


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Sen. Blake Tillery serves as a Governor’s Administration Floor Leaders and represents the 19th Senate District, which includes Appling, Jeff Davis, Long, Montgomery, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, and Wheeler counties and a portion of Liberty and Tattnall counties.  He can be reached at 404.656.0089 or by email at