Peach Pulse Archive 2020
Give ’em Health!
Our first-ever Give ‘Em Health trivia night is an exciting, energetic event that will bring together GHF friends and supporters for a health-themed trivia extravaganza. Join us on September 15, 2020 as we gather online for an evening of fun, friendly competition and some of the most topical health trivia we can come up with.
Give ‘Em Health trivia night will feature two rounds of mind-bending questions, special appearances by well-known guests, and healthy prizes for the top teams!
We have taken this event fully virtual to protect the health of all event attendees, but this won’t be another boring Zoom meeting. GHF’s dynamic trivia hosts will provide the music, fun, and entertainment that you expect from an in-person event! RSVP today and invite your friends to join your team!
Celebrating 55 years of Medicaid!
Thursday, July 30, 2020 marks the 55th anniversary of Medicaid! The public health insurance program covers half of Georgia kids, half of births in the state, and three out of four Georgians in long-term care (like nursing homes). Without Medicaid, low-income Georgia families would have almost no way to enroll in health coverage. Now, the program is proving even more important as our state battles the coronavirus. Medicaid is key to Georgia’s COVID-19 response because it is one of the fastest ways for the federal government to send resources to Georgia and health care providers struggling to meet the needs of Georgia patients and families.
Here are four ways you can celebrate with us and support Medicaid on its 55th birthday:
- Attend the Medicaid Saves Lives! virtual rally tomorrow, July 30th at 6:00 p.m. with guest speakers Stacey Abrams and Daniel Dawes!
- Schedule a virtual Georgia Voices for Medicaid training by contacting Alyssa Green at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
- Use and share GHF’s updated fact sheets and resources!
- Share your Medicaid story!
Last month, GHF welcomed Lois Hairston as its new Story Collection Coordinator. In this role, Lois will work to collect, develop, and amplify the stories of Georgia individuals and families so that their voices are heard as state leaders make decisions that impact their health. We are so pleased to have Lois join the GHF team. You can visit our website for more on Lois and for her contact information.
Welcome Lois by sharing your health story!
Your story is one of the most powerful tools available as we advocate for the health and wellness of Georgians. Sharing your real life experiences can shape the decisions made by Georgia’s leaders about the state’s response to COVID-19 and the economic recovery, Medicaid expansion, and a host of other health issues. If you are uninsured, recently lost your insurance, have sought COVID-19 testing or treatment, are caring for a loved one who is sick, or have another health care story to share, tell us a little bit about your experience here. Then Lois will get in touch to learn more. Thank you for your generous input!
Thank you for speaking up!
511 comments made about Gov. Kemp’s plan to dismantle healthcare.gov
Three times now, we have asked you to be a health care hero by telling officials what you think of Governor Kemp’s plans to forgo Medicaid expansion and to erode consumer protections in private insurance. And once again you came through! By last Thursday’s deadline, 511 Georgians told health officials that they do not support Gov. Kemp’s plan to dismantle healthcare.gov and leave consumers at the mercy of for-profit insurance companies. Thank you for speaking up!
Governor Kemp’s health care plan will now be sent to federal health officials who will ask for your input at least once more in the coming months.
Wrapping up the 2020 Georgia legislative session
Following the close of the 2020 legislative session, Georgians for a Healthy Future and the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute hosted a wrap-up conversation to highlight the session’s most important health-related outcomes. Special guests Senator Chuck Hufstetler and Representative Kim Schofield joined in to tell us how the legislature’s work will impact your health, health care, and health coverage. If you missed this great discussion, it is available now on GHF’s Facebook page!
After five years of persistent advocacy about the heavy toll of surprise medical bills on consumers, Georgia has adopted comprehensive new protections that safeguard consumers’ wallets and access to care. On July 16th, Governor Kemp signed the Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act into law! Georgians for a Healthy Future and our partners at Georgia Watch are proud to have played a role in the adoption of this important consumer policy. Georgia is now the 16th state to adopt comprehensive protections against surprise medical bills, covering an estimated 2.5 million Georgia residents.
Updated weekly: Helping you manage COVID-19
GHF is dedicated to helping you understand and navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out these links for the most up-to-date information and resources.
- Mental health & addiction recovery in the time of COVID-19 — easy-to-use
resources and supports available to Georgians for their mental health or substance use recovery needs
- Your health coverage, care, and well-being — easy-to-
understand information about how to access health services, what to expect from your health insurance coverage if you need COVID-19 testing and treatment, and how to meet your and your family’s basic needs (housing, food, etc.)
- Health insurance options for Georgians during COVID-19— An estimated 1.4 million Georgians have lost their health coverage due to job loss. If you or someone you love is in this situation, this blog will help you enroll in new, affordable health coverage
- COVID-19 Policy Priorities for a Healthy Georgia — tracks state and federal actions taken to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the economic well-being of Georgians
GHF in the news
State Revises Insurance Waiver Request And Pushes Timetable Back
Georgia Health News, WABE | July 15, 2020
Georgia officials put insurance waiver plan on hold
Albany Herald | July 15, 2020
Kemp Signs Maternal Mortality, Surprise Billing Legislation Into Law
WABE | July 17, 2020