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!



You did it! 

On May 17th, GHF hosted a giving day to support of our new housing work and to kick off our 15th anniversary celebrations. Eighty-one (81) donors chipped in to help us reach our goal! Thank you to those who gave and shared the giving opportunity with others!

Your gifts are helping to kickstart the second phase of our housing advocacy and boost our continued advocacy for Georgia’s health as we move into our next 15 years!

Thank you to all of our donors! 

Didn’t get a chance to give? There is still time to donate! Visit our fundraising page here and make a donation today. Gifts to Georgians for a Healthy Future ensure that our organization can be a strong, responsive voice for Georgia health care consumers now and in the future! Thank you for your support! 




Revisiting our most impactful work from 2022

GHF is proud to share our 2022 Impact Report which looks back at several key achievements and impacts from 2022. With short stories and vivid images, it desribes the ways that the GHF team combined policy advocacy, story telling, direct consumer assistance, and community outreach to spark changes that will benefit Georgians across the state.

From health care costs to rural access to care to mental health and substance use recovery, GHF continued to deliver results for Georgians in 2022. Alongside these recaps, you will see teasers for some of our 2023 work that is already underway.

Our work is not possible without your partnership, advocacy, and support. Thank you! We are so grateful that you were alongside our team in 2022 and hope that you will continue to be for the uphill battles ahead.





















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

Are you a public health worker in Georgia? 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.

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. 


Parents: If your kids are covered by Medicaid, check for their renewal date in Gateway!  

Calling all parents! On April 1st, Georgia started the process of checking Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids members to see if they are still eligible for their coverage. If your child is covered by Medicaid, find out when their renewal is scheduled!

Medicaid members can find their renewal dates by logging into their Georgia Gateway account at Here are the steps you can take:

  • Log in to ga gateway portal
  • Accept confidentiality agreement
  • Then update information on how you would like to be contacted if email is selected, please review, and make sure email is correct and/or update the information

If no update is needed select benefits summary

Under benefits summary page you will see

  1. Case information
  2. My benefits
  3. My renewals.
  4. Details.
  5. My Renewals: Blue hyperlink (Click here to renew your benefits)

Once you click on the link to renew your benefits it will take you to the benefits renewal overview page.

Benefits to renew. The following are the benefits that you can renew. Please check the box(es) next to the name of the benefits that you would like to renew. Selecting all the benefits at once can save you time.

Click on the benefits that need to be renewed to begin the process to complete your renewal online.

Visit GHF’s new unwinding webpage for a tutorial video about the unwinding, helpful resources, easy ways to spread the word in your community, and more!

Interested in sharing your renewal experience? Share your story here!
















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.

Want to text in your story? Now you can! Text “MedEx” to “52886”

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.

We welcome all stories, so don’t be shy! Share your story now! Write or record your story here.



Clock winds down for Georgians to requalify for Medicaid with coverage for up to 500,000 at risk
KPVI | May 1, 2023

Georgia’s Medicaid redetermination process gets rolling
KPVI | May 1, 2023

Gov. Kemp signs law to establish state health insurance exchange
11Alive | May 2, 2023

Looking for Obamacare insurance? Georgia wants to keep comparison shopping easy
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | May 2, 2023

Georgia to Take Over Health Insurance Market Under New Law
U.S. News | May 2, 2023

New Legislation and Continued Failure to Expand Medicaid Put Georgia’s Health Care Safety Net on Uncertain Path
GBPI | May 3, 2023

Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids termination notices going out as Georgia rolls out ‘unwinding’
WABE | May 22, 2023

Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids termination notices going out as Georgia rolls out ‘unwinding’
WABE | May 22, 2023


Toolkit: When to Take an At-Home COVID-19 Test
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative has created a new resource outlining key scenarios and considerations for when you should take an at-home COVID-19 test. Use this new PHCC resource to help your community determine when they should take an at-home COVID-19 test and what to do when they get their results.