Peach Pulse | Honoring Mrs. Carter, uninsured veterans 🇺🇲, thank you, & more!


November 2023





Peach Pulse | Being uninsured is spooky 👻, HCU 2024 keynote panel, we’re hiring, & more!


October 2023


Georgians for a Healthy Future is excited to welcome two nationally-recognized experts to this year’s Health Care Unscrambled keynote panel! Our conversation will feature Joan Alker, Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University and Alex Briscoe, Principal of the California Children’s Trust.

Our expert guests will examine changes in Georgia’s health coverage landscape; discuss the impacts on children, families, and marginalized Georgians; and envision how public and private health insurance could be leveraged to meaningfully support the well-being of Georgians.

You won’t want to miss this! RSVP today to take part in this great conversation on January 11, 2024!

Sponsorship opportunities are available.





Peach Pulse | Thank you 🥂, HCU 2024, free advocacy workshop, & more!


September 2023


Earlier this month, GHF hosted our 15th anniversary celebration! We were thrilled to have so many long-time and new supporters, partners, and colleagues join us for an evening to reflect on our first 15 years and to energize ourselves for the next. Thank you to all who were able to attend! See photos from the event here in our FaceBook photo album.

We want to again congratulate our four awardees, all of whom have had outsized impacts on GHF’s past and present, and on the well-being of Georgia families. We feel confident that all four will continue to succeed in their efforts to build the healthy, equitable future that we all want for our state.

Finally, thank you to our wonderful volunteers and generous sponsors! You help to power GHF’s advocacy in many ways.





Peach Pulse | Awardees for our 15th year, we moved, new Pathways resources, & more!


August 2023


Celebrating the policymakers, advocates, and partners who helped GHF along the way!

On September 12th, GHF will celebrate 15 years of reimagining and reshaping Georgia’s health laws! In our first 15 years, we have been privileged to spark real changes to our state’s policies while working alongside Georgians from Albany to Athens, from Ringgold to Brunswick.

GHF’s first 15 years of accomplishments would not be possible without dozens of organizational partners, community members, and state leaders. That is why we are proud to recognize four Georgians who have had outsized impacts on GHF’s past and present, and on the well-being of Georgia families with the following awards. Please join us in applauding these individuals now and at our 15th anniversary celebration!

Linda Smith Lowe Health Advocacy Award
Cindy Zeldin, Vice President of Health Policy & Government Affairs,​ Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Powerhouse Policymaker Awards
Commissioner John King, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance & Fire Safety

Dante McKay, Director, Office of Children, Young Adults & Families at the Georgia Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities

Community Impact Award
Vira Salzburn, Program Director for Safety and Resilience programs, Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council

Join us to recognize these individuals and their contributions to health equity in Georgia, and celebrate GHF’s 15 years of impact! RSVP today! We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, September 12th  |  6-8 pm  | Historic Academy of Medicine

Sponsorship opportunities are available!




Peach Pulse | Medicaid’s b-day 🎉, GHF turning 15, alert for Friday Health customers, & more!


July 2023


On July 30th, Medicaid will celebrate its 58th year!

Georgians for a Healthy Future celebrates the 58th anniversary of Medicaid this Sunday, July 30th! Fifty-eight (58) years ago Medicaid was signed into law and since then has provided affordable health care coverage to low-income children, pregnant people, people with disabilities, and seniors. One of Medicaid’s biggest lifetime achievements has been to narrow racial disparities in health care access all across the country.

This year, Medicaid’s birthday is happening amidst two BIG changes for Georgia’s Medicaid program:

1) Georgia has begun reviewing almost all Medicaid members to see who still qualifies for coverage. The process is off to a rocky start, and almost 100,000 Georgians have lost their Medicaid coverage to date. If you, your children, or other loved ones are covered by Medicaid, stay in charge of your coverage by logging into your Georgia Gateway account and look out for notices from the state about your coverage. If you are not a Medicaid member, help spread the word in your community.

2) Georgia has rolled out a new program for some uninsured low-income adults called Pathways to Coverage. If you or someone you know are currently uninsured, plan to join us for our August 8th FaceBook Live event to learn more about Pathways, whether you may qualify for coverage, and how to apply through Georgia Gateway. (Scroll down to the “Your Guide to Georgia Pathways” section for more information.)

Let’s celebrate Medicaid’s birthday by helping children and families keep their coverage during the Medicaid renewals process, getting as many Georgians as possible newly covered under the Pathways program, and keeping up the calls for Medicaid expansion!




Peach Pulse | June celebrations 🎉, alert for Friday Health customers, public health, & more!


June 2023


This Juneteenth, Black Georgians of color deserve better!

Despite living in a state that is recognized as a global hub of health care innovation, employment, and investment, Black Georgians continue to experience worse health than white Georgians. The ways that our laws are structured is one cause for this inequality.

Black Georgians still lack equal access to affordable health care in our state. Almost 15% of Black Georgians are uninsured, compared to 11.9% of white Georgians who are uninsured. Additionally, Black Georgians are more likely to have medical debt in collections than white Georgians, due in part to higher uninsured rates.

Fortunately, our state leaders have an opportunity to reduce this inequity. The most effective action they could take is to expand Medicaid to cover uninsured adults in Georgia. This action would cover an estimated 140,000 Black Georgians and more than 490,000 Georgians total.

A gift for Georgia dads? Medicaid expansion!

For more than a decade, 400,000 Georgians have not been able to meaningfully access Georgia’s health care system because our state has not expanded Medicaid to all low-income, uninsured adults. One in four people in this coverage gap are Georgia parents. When dads and other parents don’t have health coverage, their children’s well-being also suffers. The health of Georgia’s children depends on their parent’s ability to care and support them–a task that is much easier for healthy, thriving parents.

Parents can only stay healthy if they can visit a doctor when they are sick, get affordable medicines at the pharmacy, and can be screened early for illnesses like cancer.

GHF and Cover Georgia are celebrating Juneteenth and Father’s Day all month long by letting state leaders know how Black Georgians and dads would be better off with Medicaid expansion. Tell your state legislators today that ALL Georgians deserve better access to health care with Medicaid expansion!





Peach Pulse | NEW housing policy recs, thank you!, 2022 Impact report, Medicaid renewals & more!


May 2023


7 policy recommendations to improve housing (and health) for Georgians with intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD)

Last week, Georgians for a Healthy Future and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities hosted a virtual event to discuss opportunities to improve access to affordable, accessible housing for Georgians with IDD.

During the event, Whitney Griggs presented original research detailing the housing needs and challenges faced by Georgians with IDD and their caregivers. She also outlined seven policy recommendations to address their housing burdens and improve housing for all Georgians. To close the event, Whitney spoke with three disabilty housing leaders who added their perspectives and stories.

You can re-watch the event here and find the report on our website!

GHF will soon begin our second phase of advocacy in support of healthy housing. Stay tuned to learn more and get involved!




Peach Pulse | Calling Georgia public health workers, GHF’s new board & team members, Medicaid unwinding help & more!


April 2023


GHF is hosting focus groups to hear from public health workers. Sign up today!

Are you a Georgia public health worker? GHF would like to invite you to take part in Community Conversations! Fill out this interest form to participate. These discussion groups with state, local, and district public health workers will help GHF better understand how to best support and strengthen Georgia’s public health systems and workers. Topics of discussion will focus on Georgia’s public health workforce, local and state public health policies, the public’s trust in public health workers and agencies, and more. Your participation and feedback will remain anonymous.

The information collected from these focus groups will help GHF and partner groups effectively engage the public and state leaders about what public health does and its value important in our lives.

We will host three sessions for public health workers in: 1) Rural local or district PH departments; 2) Non-rural local or district PH departments; and 3) the Georgia Dept. of Public Health. Each discussion group will take place virtually and last approximately 90 minutes.

Participation incentive: $25 gift card per participant.

If you would like to take part in Community Conversations, fill out this interest form. Please reach out to Knetta Adkins, Organizing Manager at or 404-400-2715 with any questions. 




Peach Pulse | Upcoming celebrations: Nat’l Public Health Week + Medicaid Awareness Month, wrapping up leg. session & more!


March 2023


Cover Georgia at the Georgia Capitol to advocate for Medicaid expansion

On Febraury 27, we were thrilled to have so many advocates take the time to be at Cover Georgia advocacy day at the Capitol! We had a wonderful day full of talking with elected officials and urging them to take action to expand Medicaid immediately to protect the health of and improve well-being for all Georgians. Whether you attended in person or emailed and called, you helped ensure Governor Kemp and state legislators heard from Georgians about the need to close Georgia’s coverage gap! Thank you!

Couldn’t make it to the Capitol? There are other ways to support closing Georgia’s coverage gap!

  • Share the Georgia Can’t Wait videos from Glenwood and Cuthbert, Georgia. Help others learn about the connections between rural prosperity, hospital closures, and Medicaid expansion. (We’re happy to come to your community to share and discuss the videos in person too!)
  • If you are uninsured or know someone who is, we want to help you share your story! Your voice is a powerful tool to help others understand the need for Georgia to close its coverage gap. Write or record your story at




Peach Pulse | Cover GA advocacy day is Monday, public health, legislative session so far, & more!


February 2023


February 27th: Join Cover Georgia at the Georgia Capitol to advocate for Medicaid expansion

Join Cover Georgia to ask our lawmakers to expand Medicaid so all Georgians–regardless of their income–have a pathway to health coverage. This Monday, Cover Georgia will host an advocacy day at the Georgia Capitol. The morning will begin with a training for those who want to learn more about the opportunity for Medicaid expansion in Georgia. You will learn effective advocacy skills to help you talk with your legislator and visit the Capitol to put your training into action! 

This is your chance to speak up about one of the biggest issues impacting the health of Georgians. Make your voice heard in support of Medicaid expansion in Georgia!

RSVP for 2023 Cover Georgia’s advocacy training!

Can’t make it to the Capitol this Monday? You can still let your lawmakers know that you care about this issue and you want them to take action. Take a few minutes to contact your state legislators now! Ask the House Health Committee to hear HB 62! Then ask the Senate Appropriations, Health subcommittee for a hearing on SB 24! Both bills would expand Medicaid in Georgia. Hearings give supporters and opponents a chance to publicly make their cases for or against an issue. Ask state leaders to allow a public and fair discussion of this important issue today!




Peach Pulse | New from Glenwood & Cuthbert, stay in charge of your Medicaid, HCU TY, & more!


January 2023


Since 2010, 9 rural hospitals have closed in Georgia. That puts Georgia third in the nation for hospital closures behind Tennessee and Texas. Rural hospitals in states that have not expanded Medicaid to low-income adults are more likely to close, shutting off access to care for their communities.

When a hospital closes in a rural community, the effects ripple through every part of community life. The hospital’s doctors and nurses move away. Residents are left without access to emergency care and other important health services. Businesses around the hospital may close—a local pharmacy, the downtown diner, or the florist.

This year GHF documented stories from community members following two local hospital closures in Glenwood and Cuthbert, Georgia. We are humbled to share both stories with you today in two videos.

Watch the Glenwood and Cuthbert stories on our Georgia Can’t Wait page. Learn more about how communities struggle when hospitals are allowed to fail, in part because of our leaders’ refusal to expand Medicaid to their uninsured constituents.