Peach Pulse | Join GHF’s housing leadership group, how a tax credit impacts health, share your health care story & more!

 

APRIL 2022

GEORGIANS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES:

HELP GHF IMPROVE HOUSING & SUPPORT SERVICES!

Join GHF’s housing leadership group now! 

Georgians for a Healthy Future is looking for people with developmental disabilities (DD) and family members/caregivers of people with DD to help lead a new project. The project, funded by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, aims to improve housing and support services for Georgians with DD by researching current barriers to housing and potential policy solutions to address these barriers.

Leadership group members will help direct the project. Your input will ensure that the research is accessible and representative of Georgians with DDs. Members will help decide what we ask Georgians with DD about housing, help GHF interpret the survey results, and share the results with their communities.

Each member will be asked to participate in one 2-hour meeting per month. The meetings will begin in May 2022 and end in spring 2023. Each member will receive $25 for every meeting they attend.

If you think you would be a good fit for the leadership group, please fill out this form to learn more. If you know someone that you think would be a good fit, please share!

 

IT’S TIME FOR A STATE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT IN GEORGIA

GHF joins the Georgia Work Credit coalition to advocate for an EITC 

In March, GHF joined the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute for the Georgia Work Credit virtual rally. The event helped Georgians learn more about the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and why Georgia needs one. GHF enthusiastically participated because a state EITC can provide real health benefits for Georgia families!

An EITC is a public health intervention that boosts incomes and health outcomes for working people earning low wages. Income strongly predicts health outcomes, especially among those living at or below the poverty level. Given the important and lasting impact of poverty on health, policies such as the EITC can have an impact that goes beyond finances to improve health and reduce disparities.

The EITC improves health among low-income children and families by increasing access to care for mothers and infants, lowering stress about money, and improving nutrition.

Learn about the health impacts of this tax credit and what you can do to advocate for an EITC in Georgia on our blog!

 

  1. Individuals: connect with the Georgia Work Credit coalition at georgiaworkcredit.org.
  2. Organizations: Georgians for a Healthy Future is recruiting a diverse group of health organizations and entities to support advocacy efforts for an EITC in Georgia. Please contact Knetta Adkins, Organizing Manager, kadkins@healthyfuturega.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

TWO THANK YOUS!

Celebrate more Medicaid for moms!

This month, we’re celebrating a Medicaid win for Georgia moms and babies! On April 4th, the Georgia General Assembly gave a final thumbs up for SB 338, a bill that allows new mothers to stay covered by Medicaid for 12 months (up from 6 months) after birth or miscarriage. Join us in saying “Thank You!”

Our lawmakers could expand Medicaid to cover other Georgians who remain without access to health care. Almost half a million (490,000) Georgians are not able to meaningfully access Georgia’s health care system because our state has not expanded Medicaid to all low-income, uninsured adults. Some of these adults are the same moms who will be covered by Medicaid during and just after their pregnancies. Our state leaders have the option to fix this problem, just as they’ve dedicated themselves to improving maternal health.

Celebrate Medicaid Awareness Month with us by thanking legislators for their leadership on Medicaid for moms and ask them to make another Medicaid move! Please take a minute to complete this thank you note to state leaders. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We need public health and public health needs us!

Our state’s public health system and workforce is fundamental to the health and well-being of Georgians—as we’ve all learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last two years, Georgia’s public health workers and agencies have heroically responded to a global crisis by focusing on our health and well-being, and they did it without adequate support, resources, or staff. This monumental response effort has left public health weak and in need of attention. That’s why GHF and our partners are kicking off an initiative to support, invest, and rebuild public health in Georgia! Join us and say “YES” to public health here!

Show your support for public health in Georgia today! Stand with GHF, our partners, and Georgians across the state as we advocate for a strong, resilient public health system and workforce. With your support, we can build the public health system and workforce that Georgians need and deserve—one that is grounded in science, built on partnerships, and focused on results!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHARE YOUR HEALTH CARE STORY!

Georgia needs to hear from you! 

Your story matters and we want to amplify your experiences. Our fellow Georgians and our lawmakers, need to hear about your health challenges and victories.

Experiences like yours let lawmakers know what’s working, and what’s not, in our health care system. Your story shows our leaders why we need to change laws & policies so that health care is more affordable, accessible, and benefits our communities. Let our GHF team work with you to share your health care story.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from you if you are uninsured, enrolled in health insurance through healthcare.gov, have or had medical debt, or have Medicaid coverage. We welcome other stories too, so don’t be shy!

Share your story now! Write or record your story here.

WRAPPING UP THE 2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Legislative Update: Sine Die
Georgians for a Healthy Future | April 7, 2022

COVID-19 UPDATES IN GEORIGA

Communicating Through COVID-19 and Beyond: Impact and Insights from the Field of Public Health
Public Health Communications Collaborative

Communicating Through COVID-19 and Beyond features insights and learnings from public health communicators across the country.


Answers to Tough Questions: Mask Mandates
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative answers questions on COVID-19 Community Level and mask mandates. 


What’s next for COVID-19 vaccines?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Informational video on what comes next for COVID-19 vaccines in Georgia. 

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Peach Pulse | ACTION ALERT, Cover GA advocacy day, 12 years of ACA, share your health care story & more!

 

MARCH 2022

LEGISLATIVE SESSION COMING TO AN END

Georgia’s 2022 legislative session ends next week!

Georgia’s 2022 legislative session is set to wrap up soon! Monday, April 4th will be the final day of session, also called “Sine Die”. You can find a full list of health-related legislation, including whether or not a bill is still awaiting a final vote, at GHF’s legislative tracker here. You can also follow the live House & Senate debates and votes at legis.ga.gov.

If you missed this week’s legislative update (or any of the legislative updates since January), catch up by visiting GHF’s blog!

What more can you do before the end of session?

Ask your Georgia state Senator to approve the Georgia Mental Health Parity Act when it comes to the floor for a vote today!

This morning, the Senate Rules committee took decisive action and restored pro-consumer, pro-recovery parity language that had been removed earlier this week. The fix restores the original intent of the Georgia Mental Health Parity Act—to expand access to mental health and substance use services for Georgians.

Now is the time! Please call or email your Senator to say why you support this bill and to ask for their strong support too.

 

COVER GEORGIA HOSTS 2022 ADVOCACY DAY FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION

On March 10, the Cover Georgia coalition hosted its 2022 advocacy day. Advocates and Georgians from across the state called, emailed, and tweeted Gov. Kemp and state legislators to let them know that Georgia can’t wait! Half a million (500,000) low-income Georgians have waited almost ten years for health coverage so they can see a doctor, get prescriptions, and take care of their health without the worry of unaffordable medical bills.  

Cover Georgia’s advocacy day also featured a discussion with small business owners and rural community members about the ways that Medicaid expansion would support small businesses, benefit rural communities, and help rural women of color access important health services. Check out their FB Live conversation here!

If you didn’t get a chance to participate in Cover Georgia’s advocacy day, it’s not too late! Join GHF and our Cover Georgia partners to call on our state leaders to take action one way or another. Our state can’t stand still on this issue any longer! Governor Kemp’s Pathways plan to cover some low-income Georgians was approved in December, but our state leaders have signaled they do not plan to implement the Republican-led plan. At the same time, they continue to refuse Medicaid expansion. Join us in calling on them to make a choice and act!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CELEBRATES 12 YEARS!

GHF’s Deanna Williams joined U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Region IV to celebrate 12 years of the ACA!

GHF’s health insurance navigator Deanna Williams joined over 200 Southerners in the ACA Then & Now – Anniversary event hosted by the Region IV office of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The group celebrated 12 years of advancing health coverage and health equity through the Affordable Care Act! Deanna spoke about her role as a health insurance navigator in middle Georgia and the importance of affordable, quality health insurance for all Georgians.

You can celebrate the ACA’s 12th anniversary by asking Congress to fulfill the full potential of the law! Join us in urging Congress to keep health insurance premiums affordable and creating a pathway to coverage for low-income, uninsured Southerners. In one economic package, Congress can extend the current financial help that lowers premiums for Georgia consumers and close the coverage gap for the 12 states (including Georgia) that haven’t yet expanded Medicaid. Celebrate the ACA by contact Congress today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHARE YOUR HEALTH CARE STORY!


Georgia needs to hear from you! Your story matters and we want to amplify your experiences. Our fellow Georgians and our lawmakers, need to hear about your health challenges and victories.

Experiences like yours let lawmakers know what’s working, and what’s not, in our health care system. Your story shows our leaders why we need to change laws & policies so that health care is more affordable, accessible, and benefits our communities. Let our GHF team work with you to share your health care story.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from you if you are uninsured, enrolled in health insurance through healthcare.gov, have or had medical debt, or have Medicaid coverage. We welcome other stories too, so don’t be shy!

Share your story now! Write or record your story here.

GHF IN THE NEWS

Spike in mental health patients at the ER prompts local action, legislation
Augusta Chronicle | March 9, 2022

State hits Anthem with whopping fine for insurance violations
Georgia Health News | March 29, 2022

COVID-19 UPDATES IN GEORIGA

Answers to Tough Questions: Antiviral Drugs
Public Health Communications Collaborative

Public Health Communications Collaborative   answers tough questions such as “When will antiviral COVID-19 treatments be available?” and “Why should I get vaccinated when there are treatments for COVID-19?”


Answers to Tough Questions: Mask Guidance
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative answers questions on COVID-19 Community Level and mask guidance. 


Georgia health department stops weekly COVID-19 reporting for schools
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia school districts are no longer required to submit a weekly aggregated report of COVID-19 case numbers to state health officials, marking an end to a practice that began a year and a half ago.

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Peach Pulse | Legislative session, Cover GA save the date, share your health care story & more!

 

FEBRUARY 2022

ADVOCACY DURING THE 2022 GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

GHF at the Capitol

As the 2022 legislative session progresses, GHF is speaking up for the health and well-being of Georgians. Here’s what we’re working on so far this session:

  • The Mental Health Parity Act—as a member of the Mental Health Public Policy partnership, GHF testified in support of the bill during its first hearing in the House Health & Human Services committee. Learn more about this bill here.
  • Strengthening Georgia’s public health system—GHF encouraged the House Health Appropriations subcommittee to sustainably fund a bigger public health workforce and effective public health programs.
  • GHF has weighed in on bills that would extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to 12 months (SB 338); improve affordability of prescription drugs for some Georgians (HB 867); increase transparency of insurance coverage of mental health & substance use (SB 342); and add vaping to Georgia’s Smoke-Free Air Act (HB 1348).   

Follow GHF’s legislative tracker and read our weekly legislative updates to follow the action under the Gold Dome. 

 

SAVE THE DATE: COVER GEORGIA ADVOCACY DAY
March 10th: Join Cover Georgia in our call for Medicaid expansion

Join Cover Georgia as we will call, email, and tweet our elected officials to let them know that we can no longer wait to provide Georgians with the health care access they need. Almost 500,000 Georgians have unfairly been without coverage for a decade. Our state can’t stand still on this issue any longer!

RSVP now for our virtual advocacy schedule, access to a toolkit that includes social media graphics and talking points, and other real-time updates. It is time for Georgia to expand Medicaid!

RSVP for Cover Georgia’s 2022 advocacy day today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

701,135 GEORGIANS ENROLLED IN COVERAGE THROUGH THE ACA!AID

GHF’s Treylin Cooley joined Congressman Hank Johnson & state Senator Nan Orrock!

GHF’s health insurance navigator Treylin Cooley joined Protect Our Care Georgia, Congressman Hank Johnson, and state Senator Nan Orrock to discuss the record number of Georgians who signed up for 2022 coverage during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period. 701,135 Georgians enrolled in ACA coverage for 2022, a 19% increase over our prior biggest enrollment numbers!

Congressman Johnson, state Senator Orrock, and Treylin also urged Congress to pass the health care provisions in the Build Back Better Act, including premium subsidies and a federal fix for Georgia’s coverage gap. To view this conversation, click here.

Missed open enrollment? 

special enrollment period is a time period outside of open enrollment when you can still sign up for health insurance. You may qualify for a special enrollment period if you have a life event like losing or changing jobs, getting married, or the death of a family member, among others. Depending on your life event, you may have 60 days before or 60 days following the event to enroll in health insurance so don’t delay!

Have questions or need help during this special enrollment period?

Connect with health insurance navigators Treylin Cooley and Deanna Williams:

  • Treylin Cooley, tcooley@healthyfuturega.org, (470) 654-5484. Special focus on LGBTQ+ Georgians.
  • Deanna Williams, dwilliams@healthyfuturega.org, (470) 654-5509. Special focus on middle Georgia (in the Macon/Bibb Co. area)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

SHARE YOUR HEALTH CARE STORY!

Georgia needs to hear from you! 

Your story matters and we want to amplify your experiences. Our fellow Georgians, including our lawmakers, need to hear about your health challenges and victories.

Experiences like yours let lawmakers know what’s working, and what’s not. They show our leaders why we need to change laws & policies so that health care is more affordable, accessible, and benefits our communities. Let us work with you to share your health care story.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from you if you are uninsured, enrolled in health insurance through healthcare.gov, have or had medical debt, or have Medicaid coverage. We welcome other stories as well!

Share your story now! To either write or record your story, click here. 

GHF IN THE NEWS

Black women in U.S die disproportionately from preventable cervical cancer
Augusta Free Press | Febuary 16, 2022

Medicaid battle between Biden and GOP-led states leaves enrollees in the middle
The Atlanta Journal Constitution | Febuary 15, 2022

COVID-19 UPDATES IN GEORIGA

Toolkit: FDA Approval
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines both have full FDA approval. Communicating about full FDA approval is an opportunity for public health experts and state, local and federal officials to further emphasize the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.


COVID-19 Daily Informational Downloads
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative created these downloads in response to trending topics and priorities for public education about COVID-19, and reflect the current scientific understanding when they are created. 


As pandemic continues, COVID-19 precautions fade at Georgia Capitol
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

The first month of the 2022 Georgia legislative session has looked vastly different than it did last year — the halls are bustling, nearly all masks are gone, as are the socially distanced committee rooms and House floor layout.

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Peach Pulse | Thank you, what’s happening with Kemp’s waivers, & more!

 

JANUARY 2022

HEALTH CARE UNSCRAMBLED AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND!

Thank you for (virtually) joining us!

Thanks to you, GHF’s 12th annual Health Care Unscrambled was a huge success! We were thrilled to have so many advocates, policy makers, health care providers, and public health professionals join us for this year’s virtual event!

HCU 2022 available!

Missed this year’s Health Care Unscrambled? No worries! Recording of this event is available hereOur digital program also features information about our speakers and special guests, presentation slides and materials, and HCU’s generous sponsors.

Don’t forget! GHF has you covered for the 2022 Georgia legislative session. Review GHF’s 2021-2022 policy prioritiestrack health-related legislation, and contact your elected officials on our website and in your inbox each week.

 

GEORGIA VOICES FOR MEDICAID TRAININGS CONTINUE IN 2022
GHF hosted training in December, plans another  training for January

GHF hosted a Georgia Voices for Medicaid training this past month. This group discussed ways to increase awareness of Medicaid for Georgians with developmental disabilities. Participants heard from GHF’s Knetta Adkins about who Medicaid covers, how it benefits the state, and how Georgians with a developmental disability and the people who support them can engage in advocacy in support of Medicaid.

Missed the training in December? Register to attend a training on January 27th. RVSP below and complete the required pre-survery. Then you will recieve the Zoom link needed to attend the event. 

Click Here to Register for the January 27th Training:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

MISSED OPEN ENROLLMENT?

Don’t stress! You can still apply for coverage in some circumstances.

special enrollment period is a time period outside of open enrollment when you can still sign up for health insurance. You may qualify for a special enrollment period if you have a life event like losing or changing jobs, getting married, or the death of a family member, among others. Depending on your life event, you may have 60 days before or 60 days following the event to enroll in health insurance so don’t delay!

Have questions or need help during this special enrollment period? Connect with health insurance navigators Treylin Cooley and Deanna Williams:

  • Treylin Cooley, tcooley@healthyfuturega.org, (470) 654-5484. Special focus on LGBTQ+ Georgians.
  • Deanna Williams, dwilliams@healthyfuturega.org, (470) 654-5509. Special focus on middle Georgia (in the Macon/Bibb Co. area)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH GOV. KEMP’S HEALTH CARE PLANS?!
Georgia Pathways plan approved without work requirements, but Gov. Kemp is suing the federal govt instead of moving to cover more Georgians

As approved by the federal government, the Georgia Pathways plan would allow uninsured low-income adults to enroll in Medicaid. Governor Kemp had proposed proof of work and premiums as prerequisites for coverage but federal health officials denied that part of the plan. The approval of the plan leaves Georgia leaders at a crossroads:

  • Move forward with the Georgia Pathways plan—this would cover a smaller group of uninsured Georgians at a much higher cost than Medicaid expansion
  • Fully expand Medicaid—Medicaid expansion would cover more Georgians at a lower cost than Pathways.

However, the state should not and cannot choose to do nothing. Too many Georgians have suffered without access to affordable, quality health coverage for a decade. It is well past time to act and our state leaders must decide the way forward. Join GHF in urging Gov. Kemp and the state legislature to stop stalling and act to cover more Georgians!

To learn more about this health care crossroads, check out this Cover Georgia blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Over 250 comments submitted! Thank you!

By January 9th, 284 Georgians told health officials that they do not support Gov. Kemp’s plan to dismantle healthcare.gov and leave consumers at the mercy of for-profit insurance companies. Thank you for making your voice heard and speaking up for the health and wellness of Georgians!

Your comments are now part of a powerful legal record that health officials must consider as they decide whether or not to approve Governor Kemp’s risky health care plan. Thank you!

So what’s next?

Federal health officials will now review all of the comments they received and examine whether Gov. Kemp’s proposed changes meet certain requirements in the Affordable Care Act. Then they will decide if the plan can move forward or not. There is no certain date by which federal health officials have to make a decision. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

GHF IN THE NEWS

Most get left behind with Georgia Medicaid: 270,000 don’t have insurance, expansions stall
Augusta Chronicle | January 5, 2022

Governor pitches more spending for education, health care in election year budget
Georgia Recorder | January 13, 2022

The Price of Georgia’s Low Vaccination Rate
State Affairs | January 20, 2022

Georgia sues Biden administration over health waiver
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | January 21, 2022

COVID-19 UPDATES IN GEORIGA

Shareable Graphic: What Mask Should I Wear?
Public Health Communications Collaborative

Along with getting vaccinated and boosted, wearing a well-fitting mask over your mouth and nose in indoor public settings or crowds is crucial to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Use this resource to promote the highest level of mask protection in your community.


Communications Tool: Building Bridges
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative has created a new resource on how to use bridging statements effectively to build trust, acknowledge and answer tough questions, and combat misinformation in your communities.


Georgia hospitals plead for public to help lower COVID-19 spread
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Top doctors at six of metro Atlanta’s largest hospital groups made extraordinary pleas on Thursday for Georgians to get vaccinated and take steps to reduce coronavirus infections.

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