Walker Named GDA Legislator of the Year

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The Georgia Dental Association (GDA) has named state senator Larry Walker III (R-Perry) its 2019 Legislator of the Year.

Each year, the GDA recognizes a member of the Georgia General Assembly for his or her efforts in advocating for sustainable oral health initiatives, protecting patient safety, and promoting the dental profession.

In 2019, Walker sponsored GDA legislation requiring Georgia’s health and dental insurers to identify the Georgia insurance plans regulated by state law, or non-Employee Retirement Income Security Act plans. 

Senate Bill142, which went into effect this year, will provide much needed transparency for patients, providers, and state regulators and will help enforce Georgia’s insurance laws, according to the GDA. 

“Sen. Walker’s role as the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 142 was instrumental in the passage of our insurance transparency legislation in 2019. We commend and thank him for his commitment to our advocacy efforts and the patients of this state,” said GDA executive director Frank J. Capaldo.

Walker was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2015 and represents District 20. He is a member of the Health and Human Services, Insurance and Labor, Appropriations, and Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committees.

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