Peach Pulse Archive 2011
What’s New in Georgia
Reforming Georgia’s Health Insurance Marketplace: All About Exchanges
Earlier this week, Georgians for a Healthy Future joined with 150 health care advocacy organizations across the country to submit public comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on their proposed federal rule regarding health insurance exchanges, the new state-level health insurance marketplaces that will take shape across the country in 2014. One of the most important pieces of this process is making sure that the exchange works for consumers and not just for insurance companies. That’s why we joined in recommending that HHS prohibit people with conflicts of interest from serving on the governing body and take steps to ensure adequate representation of consumer interests. You can read the full public comments here.
Department of Community Health’s Medicaid Redesign Project Continues, Advocates Weigh In
Over the last several weeks, Navigant, the consulting firm hired by the Georgia Department of Community Health to oversee the Medicaid Redesign assessment, has been conducting focus groups across the state as part of the environmental scan stage of the process. They have met with providers, consumers, advocates and vendors.
Opportunity to Provide Input to HHS on Essential Health Benefits
Upcoming Georgia Health Agency Meetings
The new Department of Public Health will hold its next monthly board meeting on November 8th. Details are available here. The Department of Community Health’s board meets on November 10th. Those meeting details are available here.
A New Resource Guide on Affordable Care Act Grants
The Affordable Care Act authorized a range of grants that states, communities, and other entities can apply to receive for certain health care initiatives such as prevention, public health, and provider workforce development. A new guide presenting clear, easy-to-find, accurate information on the pilot projects, grants, and workforce development initiatives is now available. It includes a directory of departments and offices in charge of administering the programs. Included is a grant description, application timeline, most recent appropriation and information on eligibility requirements. To access the guide, click here.
Events and Forums
Building a Healthy Georgia: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Central Georgia’s 50+ Community
On Tuesday, November 15th, Georgians for a Healthy Future and AARP of Georgia are hosting a Building a Healthy Georgia Event in Macon. The focus will be on the impact of health care reform on central Georgia’s 50+ community. We’ll answer questions like:
- What does the law means for uninsured adults aged 50+?
- How will the individual insurance market change?
- How will the law help me pay for my prescription drugs?
- What will it take to make the ACA work for all Georgia citizens?
The Prevalence and Toll of Diabetes on Georgia
On Tuesday, November 22nd, Georgians for a Healthy Future will hold a webinar training for D-ATLAS, a unique tool that enables health advocates and policymakers to map health disparities in diagnosed type 2 diabetes and obesity (BMI of 30 or greater). The D-ATLAS provides the prevalence of and cost associated with diabetes and the prevalence of obesity by race/ethnicity, age, or gender in the United States, by individual state, county or by legislative district. The ability to create customized maps that localize diabetes disparities is a compelling reference source and these maps may be generated and disseminated to support educational, advocacy, and public affairs initiatives. The webinar will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM. To learn more about D-ATLAS, click here. To register for the webinar, email Amanda Ptashkin.
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