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This Day in Georgia History

July 01, 1998

Department of Community Health

Georgia’s new Department of Community Health became effective, replacing the former Department of Medical Assistance and several other state health-related agencies. The new agency was created to coordinate health policy in Georgia and promote economy and efficiency in health care services. Among programs it was created to administer were responsibility for Medicaid benefits to over 1 million low-income Georgians, health insurance for state employees, licensing of physicians, and promotion of women’s health.