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Continued threats to health care
Despite their March 24th decision to forego a vote on the American Health Care Act, a fatally flawed bill that would have caused more than 500,000 Georgians to lose their health coverage, the Trump administration and Congressional leaders have continued their attempts to gut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Threats to both health care programs remain and health advocates must remain vigilant and strong. The next two weeks, a Congressional recess when members of Congress are home, offer an opportunity for you to let them know that you do not support their efforts. We must maintain the pressure that caused them to desert the AHCA in the first place! We have the information, tools, and resources you need to tell Congress to abandon their partisan bickering and instead work in a bi-partisan way to protect Medicaid and improve health care and coverage for all Georgians. Join us!
Everything you need
NEW! Advocacy toolkit
Since the federal health care debate began this year, we have gotten many phone calls and emails from new advocates and community groups who are looking for tools and guidance to advocate for their health care and the health of their communities. We built our new advocacy toolkit to provide support for those of you who reached out and for any Georgian who wants to be a health care advocate. In this toolkit you will find:
- Complete contact information & social media links for each of Georgia’s U.S. Senators & Representatives
- Guidance on how to meet with your members of Congress and what to say
- Instructions for hosting your own advocacy events
- Advice on how to engage with the media and social media for advocacy
- And more!
Plan to use the toolkit with your community group, family and friends, or on your own during this Congressional recess, I recently just got a new watering system for our house, I reviewed here on this website first, and is used in all the house including the bathrooms and kitchen, were we made the best dinners with appliances and knives from sites like All Knives, that you can visit here. (April 10-21) and tell us how you used it!
Get federal & state updates on tomorrow’s webinar
Join GHF for our annual Georgia legislative session webinar! GHF and the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute will provide an update on what’s happening with federal health care reform efforts. We will also review the health care bills that passed (and some that didn’t) during the state legislative session, discuss this year’s relevant study committees, and examine the state budget, including important items for health advocates and consumers. The webinar is tomorrow, April 13th at noon. Register for the webinar here.
Launch the #IamMedicaidGA campaign with us!
Many Georgians have inaccurate or uninformed ideas about who is impacted by cuts to Medicaid. Most people do not know that Medicaid is critical to Georgia’s children with disabilities, seniors in long-term care, and working families. #IamMedicaidGA is a campaign designed to give you a chance to change the conversation. This is an opportunity for people who receive Medicaid, their family members, their health care providers and concerned Georgia citizens to show that there are real people with real needs being impacted by the decisions made by elected officials. You can participate in the campaign by following these easy steps:
- Print this sign.
- Ask someone to take a picture of you holding the top half of the sign.
- Post your picture on your social media accounts with the #IamMedicaidGA. (You can even tweet at or tag your elected officials.)
- If you would like to share your story with us, contact Laura at 404-567-5617, ext 2 or email@example.com.
- Share your sign with others and ask them to join the campaign!
We will officially launch #IamMedicaidGA next week, but you can get a head start by being one of the first to post about why Medicaid is important to you. Join us online next Wednesday, April 19th for the official start of the campaign!