Peach Pulse Archive 2012
Medicaid Expansion and Cover Georgia
Georgia policymakers are currently weighing the opportunity to cover an estimated 650,000 uninsured Georgians through an expansion of the Medicaid program. Under the Affordable Care Act, states can create a new category of eligibility for Medicaid to cover low-income individuals and families, financed almost entirely with federal dollars. Implementing this expansion is the only viable way to cover Georgia’s low-income uninsured, and it will pump resources into our state’s health care delivery system. We can’t miss this opportunity to improve access to health care and to strengthen Georgia’s health care economy, but we need your voice to make it happen.
Health care consumer and patient advocacy groups, providers, stakeholders, and community groups are coming together under the Cover Georgia umbrella to show support for expanding Medicaid, and we invite you to join us. If you are interested in getting involved in this discussion, please contact Amanda Ptashkin.
In November, the Cover Georgia campaign will unveil a website full of resources to help you better understand and advocate for the Medicaid expansion with policymakers and in your community. In the meantime, please visit Families USA’s Medicaid Expansion Center, with links to studies and reports about the value of Medicaid, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Tool Kit for State Advocates on the Medicaid expansion.
Update on Essential Health Benefits (EHB)
The 2013 Budget
Meeting with the Greater Augusta Healthcare Network
October is shaping up to be a busy month for health advocates and there are some opportunities we wanted to be sure to share with you:October 10th 12:30pm-2:30pm: Join the Center for Black Women’s Wellness for their community forum, “Getting to the Root: Breast Cancer Disparities,” for health care professionals, breast cancer survivors, caregivers and community advocates. GHF Outreach and Advocacy Director, Amanda Ptashkin, will present on health care reform and what it means to breast cancer survivors, caregivers and advocates. Registration is closed for lunch but those interested can still attend at 12:30. Click herefor more information.
October 19th 8am-11am: Join the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute for their Fall Forum, “Expanding Health Coverage in Georgia” at the Carter Center. Join them for this highly anticipated discussion on the benefits of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Click here to register.
October 23rd 12pm-1pm: Join GHF and the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse for a one-hour webinar on substance use disorder policy in Georgia and what the ACA and Medicaid expansion mean for those suffering from or serving people with substance use disorder. To RSVP, email Amanda Ptashkin.