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The President-Elect and Congressional leadership have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but have not yet communicated an adequate replacement plan. Repealing the law without an adequate replacement would do great harm to consumers, destabilize Georgia’s health insurance market, and stress our health care delivery system. Approximately one million Georgians would lose their health insurance by 2019, bringing the number of uninsured in our state to a staggering 2.4 million people – more than before the ACA was passed. Millions more would lose their basic rights and protections as consumers, and access to care would be at risk.

Take Action to Protect Our Care

Information about the Coverage Gap (55 items) Go to Library

Collaborating For Consumers: How Assisters and Advocates Can Inform Policy

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Getting Georgia Covered

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Presentation: What We Can Learn From Consumer and Enrollment Assister Experiences During OE3

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Infographic: Closing the coverage gap can help rural communities

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Infographic: Rural Georgians in the coverage gap

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Changes in Health Care and Policy in the 2016 Georgia Legislative Session

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Close the Coverage Gap Postcard – Henry’s Story

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Close the Coverage Gap Postcard – Lisa’s Story

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Close the Coverage Gap Postcard – Tracy’s Story

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For Uninsured Parents

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Income Guidelines for Parents, Caregivers, and Kids

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Closing Georgia’s coverage gap helps people with behavioral health and substance use disorders

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Infographic: Closing the Coverage Gap

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Infographic: Why close the coverage gap?

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Infographic: Who qualifies for Medicaid?

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Infographic: Who is in the coverage gap?

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Coverage Gap Fact Sheet

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CHAT with Sen. Rhett on Closing the Coverage Gap

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What is the Coverage Gap?

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2016 Policy Priorities

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We Support Closing the Coverage Gap Too!

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Close the Coverage Gap: Expand Medicaid

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Getting Georgia Covered

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Why Closing the Coverage Gap Matters to Georgia’s LGBT Community

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Many Working Parents and Families in Georgia Would Benefit from Extending Medicaid Coverage

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Percent Insured, 2009 – 2014

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Federal Medical Assistance Percentages in Georgia

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Who Gets Medicaid in Georgia?

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Medicaid and Access to Care

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Georgia’s Health Insurance Coverage Gap

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Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It

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Federal Poverty Level by Family Size

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Annual Incomes of People in the Coverage Gap

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Return on Investment for Medicaid Expansion

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Percent of Uninsured Adults Who Could Get Medicaid

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Uninsured Veterans Could Gain Coverage

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Job Classifications of Georgians in the Coverage Gap

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Georgia’s Medicaid Expansion Ledger

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The Important Role of Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids

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The Medicaid Dollar

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Percent Change in Medicaid Enrollment

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How Restrictive is Georgia’s Medicaid Program Today?

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Demographics of Georgians in the Coverage Gap

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Hospitals, Communities, and the Coverage Gap

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Current and Expanded Eligibility

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Ensuring Health Coverage for all Georgians

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Getting Georgia Covered

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Georgia’s Coverage Gap

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Close the Coverage Gap Postcard

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Faces of Advocacy

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Comments on the RHSC Recommendations

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Health Care Policy and Advocacy in the 2015 Legislative Session

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Strengthening Georgia’s Rural Hospitals and Increasing Access to Care

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Memo to RHSC Committee Members

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Share Your Story

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Share Your Story
Dequnshe Cousin

Dequnshe is a working mother of three children, but her employer doesn’t offer coverage and she doesn’t make enough to qualify for financial help in the Marketplace. “I’m working for a living, but unfortunately I don’t qualify for health care coverage.”

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#TGIF: Thinking about how much you need a mental break this weekend? We’re thinking about how much the #ACA does for mental health!

The ACA provided one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in a generation because, for the first time, small employer and individual insurance plans are required to treat mental health care as equal to general medical care. On top of that, coverage for mental health and substance use disorder is considered part of the ACA’s essential health benefits, meaning behavioral health services must be covered by insurers in the same way physical health services would be covered, no matter what kind of coverage you have.

There’s more! Many of the popular provisions of the ACA are extra beneficial for people with behavioral health needs:
- Some mental health and substance use screenings for adults and behavioral assessments for children are considered preventive services now, meaning they are covered with no out-of-pocket costs.
- Because people can no longer be discriminated against for pre-existing conditions, many have been able to seek the treatment and supports that they need without worrying that getting care will disqualify them from the insurance coverage later.
- Mental and behavioral health conditions can be triggered or exacerbated during stressful times of transitions, like the change from high school to college, or school to career. Being able to keep young adults on a parent’s plan through age 26 allows young people with behavioral health needs to maintain their coverage during times when they most need the support. ow.ly/d/5X01
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