Peach Pulse | Breastfeeding, Family & Friends Reunion, 10 years without Medicaid expansion, & more!


August 2022







Recognize Breastfeeding Awareness Month with GHF on Facebook Live tomorrow!

Georgians for a Healthy Future will discuss breastfeeding and maternal health on FaceBook Live this Wednesday, August 31st, at noon! Deanna Williams, Health Insurance Navigator, and Knetta Adkins, Organizing Manager, will be joined by Patricia Prime, Owner of Prime BabyTime Consulting, to discuss breastfeeding resources and information.

Their energizing conversation will cover racial disparities in breastfeeding, highlight the current infant formula shortage and Georgia’s response, and other aspects of infant and maternal health.  They will also discuss what mothers and parents need to know about health insurance, and a special open enrollment period to help more Georgians get covered.

Tune in tomorrow, August 31st, at 12pm to GHF’s Facebook page!

Only two weeks to go until GHF’s Friends & Family Reunion! Will you be there? 

GHF has seen your virtual advocacy and felt your support since March 2020, but we’ve missed being together with our friends, colleagues, supporters, and partners. We are inviting you to reconnect with us and see some familiar faces at GHF’s Friends & Family Reunion event on Thursday, September 15th!

Join us as we take in sky line views of atlanta, sip refreshing mocktails and cocktails from TippyTap’s Italian beverage mini-truck, and snack on appetizers from one of Atlanta’s favorite taco makers. Catch up with advocacy leaders, public health professionals, policy makers, and our GHF team.

Our board and staff have welcomed new members, we’re kicking off a new strategic plan, and we’re just as dedicated as ever to building a healthy, equitable Georgia. We hope to see you soon as we celebrate our new directions and reconnect with our favorite colleagues.

Attendance is free, and your donations are appreciated. Thank you to our generous sponsors!



A decade of Georgia denying Medicaid expansion  

“No, I do not have any intentions of expanding Medicaid,” Governor Deal said in an August 28, 2012 interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. His statement followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional but that Medicaid expansion was optional for states. It was the first of many times that state leaders would spurn Medicaid coverage for low-income adults as intended by the Affordable Care Act.

Join GHF and our Cover Georgia partners in marking this sad 10-year anniversary. We are remembering this dark decade by reminding our leaders that after a decade of waiting, hard-working, uninsured Georgians still do not have a pathway to health coverage. We won’t forget and Georgia can’t wait.

Join Cover Georgia in recognizing this dark milestone. We have recorded the anniversary in this Atlanta Journal Constitution op-ed. Join us by asking your state leaders to expand Medicaid as soon as they return to the Georgia Capitol.






























Goal #1: Health Equity

Last month, GHF’s Board of Directors and staff launched our new 2022-2026 strategic plan–-an ambitious blue print for our next four years as an organization. In a series of four blogs, GHF’s Executive Director Laura Colbert spotlights each of our new strategic goals. In the first installment, Laura writes about GHF’s aim to be a leading statewide organization working to advance health equity.

Click here to read more about how this goal was developed and the commitments GHF has made to effectively promote health equity for all Georgians.

Stay tuned for monthly blogs on GHF’s remaining three strategic goals.


























Share your health care story now! 

Your story matters and we are here to amplify yours. 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, 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.


Biden administration suspends Kemp’s health care plan months before planned start
Georgia Public Broadcasting | August 10, 2022

Judge’s decision backing Georgia Medicaid waiver draws reaction
The Atlanta Journal Constitution | August 19, 2022

Georgia’s budget is a ‘snapshot of our morals and values,’ advocates of Medicaid expansion say
Georgia Public Broadcasting | August 26, 2022

Opinion: It’s time to re-examine Georgia’s inaction on Medicaid expansion
Atlanta Journal Constitution | August 26, 2022

Kemp, Abrams stake out health care and Medicaid expansion as wedge issue
Georgia Recorder | August 29, 2022


Messaging: Monkeypox
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative’s spotlights questions regarding the Monkeypox.

Updated Messaging: The Novavax Vaccine
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative answers questions about the Novavax vaccine.