In 2016, the Georgia General Assembly passed SB 258 that allows individuals and businesses to make donations to Georgia’s financially-stressed rural hospitals in exchange for tax credits. In 2017, the Georgia General Assembly passed SB 180 sweetened the deal by increasing the tax credits avaiable to donors. In each of the next three years (2017, 2018, 2019) $60 million will be avaiable in tax credits to donations to rural hospitals, for a total of $180 million. Individuals and businesses can receive up to 90 percent of their donations returned as a tax credit. Hospitals eligible for the tax credits are selected and prioritized by the Department of Community Health according to financial need, and each hospital can receive up to $4 million in donations per year.

Creation of Rural Healthcare 180

Following passage of SB 258, a public/private partnership was formed—Rural Healthcare 180. Honorary Co-Chairs Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Bill Linginfelter of Regions Bank joined Chairman Senator Dean Burke (R-Bainbridge) to create a taskforce charged with raising awareness of the critical financial climate facing rural hospitals and developing a sustainable financial model ensuring every Georgia has access to quality healthcare. 

Taskforce Members

  • Jimmy Allen (Pine Creek Turf—Adel)
  • Don Betts (Georgia Tech—Ailey)
  • Barbara Barrett (Langdale Industries—Valdosta)
  • Dennis Chastain (Georgia EMC—Atlanta)
  • Tim Eggena (Healthcare Driftwood Solutions—Hamilton)
  • Mike Giles (Georgia Poultry Federation—Gainesville)
  • Tim Golden (Capital Benefits Group—Valdosta)
  • Jerry Gregory (Gregory Bridge Company—Eatonton)
  • Rick Phillips (The Phillips Group—Toccoa)
  • Baha Zeidan (Azalea Health—Atlanta)