Peach Pulse | Federal fix gets closer, GHF’s October events, & CHW trainings





U.S. House proposal would close the coverage gap! 

We have a rare and urgent opportunity to fix Georgia’s coverage gap problem in Congress now! Earlier this month, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled a new bill that would permanently close the coverage gap in Georgia and 11 other states. This fix from Congress would apply to 2.2 million people living in states that have not offered Medicaid coverage to low-income individuals and families.

We are encouraged by this commitment from the House but there’s no guarantee that the proposal makes it into the final bill. Congressional leaders are negotiating the details of the final bill this week and they need to hear from you!

Please call or email the leaders of the U.S. House and Senate and your Democratic Congresspeople. Urge them to prioritize funding for a permanent and comprehensive federal fix in the Build Back Better reconciliation bill.

You can read more about the proposed coverage gap fix in the Build Back Better Legislation here.


Coming up Short: A discussion of affordability, access, & consumer views on policy fixes on October 14th!

Please join Georgians for a Healthy Future and a panel of health care leaders for the Coming Up Short policy forum. You will see the results of Altarum’s Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey, which asked more than 950 Georgia consumers about their experiences and views on a range of health system issues, including affordability, prescription drugs, confidence in using the health system, and views on potential policy fixes. The statewide and regional results shine a light on the most promising areas for action to address Georgians’ health needs. The forum will be held virtually on Thursday, October 14th from 9 – 11 am. Please join us!







Bring your lunch to the Georgia Voices for Medicaid trainings!

Join Knetta Adkins, Organizing Manager, on the first and third Thursdays in October for the Georgia Voices for Medicaid lunch and learn from noon – 12:45 pm. These will be interactive sessions about health coverage, Georgians with developmental disabilities, and health advocacy. You will learn about who Medicaid covers, how Medicaid benefits the state, and how Georgians experiencing a developmental disability can engage in Medicaid advocacy.

To attend the October 7th or October 21st trainings, please RVSP below and complete the required pre-survery. Then you will receive the Zoom link needed to attend the event. 

Click Here to Register for the October 7th Training:

Click Here to Register for the October 21st Training:













Community Voices for Health Georgia hosted its inaugural Civic, Advocacy, and Engagement training

Georgia Watch, GHF, & our project partners hosted the first Civic, Advocacy, & Engagement training in Atlanta on August 24-25. A small group of community health workers (CHWs) took part (with COVID-19 safety protocols in place), spending two sessions learning and growing as health advocacy leaders. The six-module training equips CHWs with important tools and resources to lead and mobilize their communities to advocate for solutions to local health needs and inequities.

Sixty CHWs have registered to attend these small-group trainings, which will take place across the state. Click here to learn more about the training.

The Community Voices for Health initiative is led by Altarum and Public Agenda, with funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Georgians for a Healthy Future is a statewide partner in this project, alongside Georgia WatchGeorgia ACT, and Morehouse School of Medicine
















Alex McDoniel joins the GHF team!

Alex McDoniel is a dynamic communications specialist with experience supporting all aspects of public relations, marketing and communication initiatives.

Prior to joining GHF, Alex worked in communications for former Governor Matthew Bevin of Kentucky’s administration, where she contributed to several significant workforce and economic development, education, and health care campaigns. She also supported communications and organizing strategies in various federal and state political campaigns and military non-profit groups. Alex earned her Bachelor’s degree from Murray State University, with a focus on public relations and political science.

We are pleased that Alex has joined our team! You can contact Alex at


Georgia eyes new Medicaid contract. But how is the state managing managed care?
Georgia Health News | September 13, 2021

Drug price transparency could return as top legislative issue
Capitol Beat News Service | September 17, 2021

Exchange enrollment hits record level in state
Georgia Health News | September 22, 2021


COVID-19 booster shots: Who is eligible, where to find providers in Georgia
Fox 5 Atlanta

Both the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for older, at-risk adults. The Georgia Department of Public Health followed suit by saying it would follow the CDC’s guidance and recommendations regarding booster shots.

Boosters rolling out in Southeast Georgia News 4 Jax

COVID-19 accessible resources for people with disabilities
Georgia Tech

Georiga Tech’s Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation has created multiple resources to help people with disabilities more easily access, use, and share COVID-19 information. These resources include short vidoes, braille resources, accessible documents and PDF’s, ASL resources and many more

The COVID-19 Digest: A weekly analysis of Georgia’s COVID-19 data from an science communicator

Public health expert Amber Schmidtke looks at the trends of Georgia’s COVID-19 vaccinations, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. She presents her analyses in an understandable and useable way.