Peach Pulse | Thank you, what’s happening with Kemp’s waivers, & more!




Thank you for (virtually) joining us!

Thanks to you, GHF’s 12th annual Health Care Unscrambled was a huge success! We were thrilled to have so many advocates, policy makers, health care providers, and public health professionals join us for this year’s virtual event!

HCU 2022 available!

Missed this year’s Health Care Unscrambled? No worries! Recording of this event is available hereOur digital program also features information about our speakers and special guests, presentation slides and materials, and HCU’s generous sponsors.

Don’t forget! GHF has you covered for the 2022 Georgia legislative session. Review GHF’s 2021-2022 policy prioritiestrack health-related legislation, and contact your elected officials on our website and in your inbox each week.


GHF hosted training in December, plans another  training for January

GHF hosted a Georgia Voices for Medicaid training this past month. This group discussed ways to increase awareness of Medicaid for Georgians with developmental disabilities. Participants heard from GHF’s Knetta Adkins about who Medicaid covers, how it benefits the state, and how Georgians with a developmental disability and the people who support them can engage in advocacy in support of Medicaid.

Missed the training in December? Register to attend a training on January 27th. RVSP below and complete the required pre-survery. Then you will recieve the Zoom link needed to attend the event. 

Click Here to Register for the January 27th Training:
































Don’t stress! You can still apply for coverage in some circumstances.

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,, (470) 654-5484. Special focus on LGBTQ+ Georgians.
  • Deanna Williams,, (470) 654-5509. Special focus on middle Georgia (in the Macon/Bibb Co. area)













Georgia Pathways plan approved without work requirements, but Gov. Kemp is suing the federal govt instead of moving to cover more Georgians

As approved by the federal government, the Georgia Pathways plan would allow uninsured low-income adults to enroll in Medicaid. Governor Kemp had proposed proof of work and premiums as prerequisites for coverage but federal health officials denied that part of the plan. The approval of the plan leaves Georgia leaders at a crossroads:

  • Move forward with the Georgia Pathways plan—this would cover a smaller group of uninsured Georgians at a much higher cost than Medicaid expansion
  • Fully expand Medicaid—Medicaid expansion would cover more Georgians at a lower cost than Pathways.

However, the state should not and cannot choose to do nothing. Too many Georgians have suffered without access to affordable, quality health coverage for a decade. It is well past time to act and our state leaders must decide the way forward. Join GHF in urging Gov. Kemp and the state legislature to stop stalling and act to cover more Georgians!

To learn more about this health care crossroads, check out this Cover Georgia blog.



















Over 250 comments submitted! Thank you!

By January 9th, 284 Georgians told health officials that they do not support Gov. Kemp’s plan to dismantle and leave consumers at the mercy of for-profit insurance companies. Thank you for making your voice heard and speaking up for the health and wellness of Georgians!

Your comments are now part of a powerful legal record that health officials must consider as they decide whether or not to approve Governor Kemp’s risky health care plan. Thank you!

So what’s next?

Federal health officials will now review all of the comments they received and examine whether Gov. Kemp’s proposed changes meet certain requirements in the Affordable Care Act. Then they will decide if the plan can move forward or not. There is no certain date by which federal health officials have to make a decision. We will keep you updated as we learn more.


Most get left behind with Georgia Medicaid: 270,000 don’t have insurance, expansions stall
Augusta Chronicle | January 5, 2022

Governor pitches more spending for education, health care in election year budget
Georgia Recorder | January 13, 2022

The Price of Georgia’s Low Vaccination Rate
State Affairs | January 20, 2022

Georgia sues Biden administration over health waiver
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | January 21, 2022


Shareable Graphic: What Mask Should I Wear?
Public Health Communications Collaborative

Along with getting vaccinated and boosted, wearing a well-fitting mask over your mouth and nose in indoor public settings or crowds is crucial to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Use this resource to promote the highest level of mask protection in your community.

Communications Tool: Building Bridges
Public Health Communications Collaborative

The Public Health Communications Collaborative has created a new resource on how to use bridging statements effectively to build trust, acknowledge and answer tough questions, and combat misinformation in your communities.

Georgia hospitals plead for public to help lower COVID-19 spread
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Top doctors at six of metro Atlanta’s largest hospital groups made extraordinary pleas on Thursday for Georgians to get vaccinated and take steps to reduce coronavirus infections.