Peach Pulse | Comment period, Giving Tuesday, HCU 2022, ACA open enrollment, & more!





Protect the progress we’ve made. Tell federal health officials that Georgians want to keep! 

Federal health officials are re-examining Governor Kemp’s plan to reshape private health insurance in Georgia. As part of this important legal process, they have asked the public to weigh in. This is your chance to speak up and protect access to affordable, quality health care in Georgia! 

The Governor’s plan was a bad fit for Georgia when it was put forward in 2019 and it’s an even worse fit for our state today. Many more Georgians rely on the ACA Marketplace now because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the availability of more generous financial help. Georgia’s marketplace is finally making progress and this plan would only reverse those improvements. Learn more & comment today!

Today is Giving Tuesday! 

GHF is asking for your support today. If you can afford to donate, we hope that GHF is among the non-profits to which you choose to give!

Your support activates a network of health advocates across the state in support of policies that protect and promote the health and well-being of every Georgian. Donate today to be part of a powerful, statewide movement of Georgians armed with stories from their communities and the best data available working to reshape our laws and policies. Together we can build a healthy, equitable Georgia!

Thank you!



Get your tickets to see Dr. Georges Benjamin at HCU 2022!

At Health Care Unscrambled, you will hear Dr. Benjamin’s perspectives on rebuilding our public health systems following COVID-19; how to protect public health from politicization; and public health’s role in the elimination of racial and geographic health disparities. We so pleased to welcome such a distinguished guest to HCU 2022!

We hope you will join GHF & Dr. Benjamin for Health Care Unscrambled on Tuesday, January 11th at 7:30 am. Limited in-person attendance is available (with masks & proof of vaccination), along with a virtual streaming option. RSVP today to secure your spot!

Sponsorship opportunities are available.













Now is the time to get covered! opened for business on Monday, November 1st! Consumers can browse available plans now and enroll in affordable, comprehensive coverage through January 15, 2022. Even if you’ve shopped for health insurance in the past, now is the time to visit again. New financial help is available to many more Georgians than before. If you or someone you know needs health insurance in 2022, now is the time to get covered!

Have questions or need help? Connect with health insurance navigators Treylin Cooley and Deanna Williams:

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



















U.S. House passes 4-year coverage gap fix in Build Back Better Act 

On November 19th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act. The bill would close the coverage gap through 2025 for 2.2 million Americans in Georgia and 11 other states that haven’t expanded Medicaid. GHF is grateful for the efforts of our health care champions in the House for their monumental work—and to you for flexing your advocacy muscles! We encourage the Senate to urgently approve the same bill so that uninsured Georgians who have been left behind for almost a decade can easily and affordably access health care. Join us in urging the Senate to act today! 














GHF hosts HHS Director of Intergovernmental & External Affairs for roundtable discussion 

Last month, GHF hosted a roundtable discussion with Marvin Figueroa, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs at the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. The discussion was an opportunity for health advocates and providers to share the health issues most impacting Georgians and to exchange ideas with federal health officials about how to best work together to resolve them. GHF was honored to host this collaborative conversation! We look forward to future opportunities to learn and share with policy makers at all levels of government.

















Federal Medicaid workaround called short-term substitute for Georgia expansion
Georgia Recorder | November 4, 2021


Updated Toolkit: Children and COVID-19 Vaccination
Public Health Communications Collaborative

On November 2, the CDC recommended that children age 5-11 get a COVID-19 vaccine, expanding pediatric vaccine eligibility to all children and adolescents age 5 and older.

Office of the Surgeon General: Toolkit to Address Health Misinformation
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Surgeon General’s Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation provides specific guidance and resources for health care providers, educators, and community members to understand, identify, and stop the spread of health misinformation in their communities.

The FDA authorizes COVID booster shots for all U.S. adults

The Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for fully vaccinated Americans who are age 18 and older to receive a COVID-19 booster shot.