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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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