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Peach Pulse | Post-Session Advocacy Opportunities, New Board Members, & more!

      APRIL 2024  


The legislative session may have wrapped up, but GHF’s efforts to enhance health care in Georgia are far from over.   As we move into May, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the outcomes of the 2024 session and plan for future advocacy. In our final 2024 legislative session update, we shared some noteworthy health investments in the state budget and highlighted some significant bills that have been passed, including but not limited to:
  • HB 1339, which establishes a Comprehensive Health Coverage Commission;
  • HB 1010, which extends parental leave for state employees; and
  • HB 404, also known as the Safe at Home Act, which establishes tenant protection for renters in Georgia.
We are pleased to share that the Governor has already signed these three bills into law. (more…) MORE >

Peach Pulse | Sine Die Update, Coverage Gap News, National Public Health Week, & more!


Stay Informed with GHF Updates.


Tomorrow, March 28th, marks the end of the legislative session, known as Sine Die. This week will be busy at the Capitol with lawmakers working long hours to finish bills and budget changes before midnight on Thursday.

GHF is closely monitoring several pieces of legislation, including proposals that would make it easier for mental health and substance use providers to serve Georgians; damage access to evidence-based medical care for transgender youth; and slash Georgia’s Housing Tax Credit.

Stay updated by following GHF and #gapol on social media. Next week, we’ll share a legislative update summarizing what was achieved and what wasn’t during this year’s session.



Peach Pulse | Crossover Day is here! Public health workers speak out, & more!


Today marks Crossover Day, a pivotal point in Georgia’s legislative session where bills must be approved by their originating chamber. Once approved, the bills move across the Capitol to the other chamber. Bills that fail to pass out of their chamber of origin by the end of Crossover Day are unlikely to become law this session. (There are occasional exceptions to this rule.)

In the remaining days of the session, GHF will continue to advocate for closing the coverage gap, among other issues. Earlier this week HB 1339 was passed by the House and has moved on to the Senate chamber. This legislation – while primarily focused on the state’s certificate of need program for hospitals – includes a provision that would establish a Comprehensive Health Coverage Commission to explore closing Georgia’s coverage gap in the 2025 or 2026 legislative session.

While HB 1339 signals legislative interest in finding a solution, lawmakers have the power to close the coverage gap right now. Delaying access to health care for hardworking Georgians is costly for families, harms the state’s workforce, and strains rural hospitals. Rather than agreeing to study the issue, lawmakers should work together to pass legislation that allows Georgia to close the coverage gap this year. Contact your Senator today and urge them to close the coverage gap now!  (See our full action alert in the next section below.)

With four weeks remaining in the session, committees are working quickly to hear and vote on legislation. Expect a lot of activity today, and be sure to look out for updates about health and housing legislation in our email update this Monday.



Peach Pulse | Honoring Mrs. Carter, uninsured veterans 🇺🇲, thank you, & more!


November 2023





Peach Pulse | Being uninsured is spooky 👻, HCU 2024 keynote panel, we’re hiring, & more!


October 2023


Georgians for a Healthy Future is excited to welcome two nationally-recognized experts to this year’s Health Care Unscrambled keynote panel! Our conversation will feature Joan Alker, Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University and Alex Briscoe, Principal of the California Children’s Trust.

Our expert guests will examine changes in Georgia’s health coverage landscape; discuss the impacts on children, families, and marginalized Georgians; and envision how public and private health insurance could be leveraged to meaningfully support the well-being of Georgians.

You won’t want to miss this! RSVP today to take part in this great conversation on January 11, 2024!

Sponsorship opportunities are available.





Peach Pulse | Thank you 🥂, HCU 2024, free advocacy workshop, & more!


September 2023


Earlier this month, GHF hosted our 15th anniversary celebration! We were thrilled to have so many long-time and new supporters, partners, and colleagues join us for an evening to reflect on our first 15 years and to energize ourselves for the next. Thank you to all who were able to attend! See photos from the event here in our FaceBook photo album.

We want to again congratulate our four awardees, all of whom have had outsized impacts on GHF’s past and present, and on the well-being of Georgia families. We feel confident that all four will continue to succeed in their efforts to build the healthy, equitable future that we all want for our state.

Finally, thank you to our wonderful volunteers and generous sponsors! You help to power GHF’s advocacy in many ways.





Peach Pulse | Awardees for our 15th year, we moved, new Pathways resources, & more!


August 2023


Celebrating the policymakers, advocates, and partners who helped GHF along the way!

On September 12th, GHF will celebrate 15 years of reimagining and reshaping Georgia’s health laws! In our first 15 years, we have been privileged to spark real changes to our state’s policies while working alongside Georgians from Albany to Athens, from Ringgold to Brunswick.

GHF’s first 15 years of accomplishments would not be possible without dozens of organizational partners, community members, and state leaders. That is why we are proud to recognize four Georgians who have had outsized impacts on GHF’s past and present, and on the well-being of Georgia families with the following awards. Please join us in applauding these individuals now and at our 15th anniversary celebration!

Linda Smith Lowe Health Advocacy Award
Cindy Zeldin, Vice President of Health Policy & Government Affairs,​ Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Powerhouse Policymaker Awards
Commissioner John King, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance & Fire Safety

Dante McKay, Director, Office of Children, Young Adults & Families at the Georgia Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities

Community Impact Award
Vira Salzburn, Program Director for Safety and Resilience programs, Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council

Join us to recognize these individuals and their contributions to health equity in Georgia, and celebrate GHF’s 15 years of impact! RSVP today! We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, September 12th  |  6-8 pm  | Historic Academy of Medicine

Sponsorship opportunities are available!




Peach Pulse | Medicaid’s b-day 🎉, GHF turning 15, alert for Friday Health customers, & more!


July 2023


On July 30th, Medicaid will celebrate its 58th year!

Georgians for a Healthy Future celebrates the 58th anniversary of Medicaid this Sunday, July 30th! Fifty-eight (58) years ago Medicaid was signed into law and since then has provided affordable health care coverage to low-income children, pregnant people, people with disabilities, and seniors. One of Medicaid’s biggest lifetime achievements has been to narrow racial disparities in health care access all across the country.

This year, Medicaid’s birthday is happening amidst two BIG changes for Georgia’s Medicaid program:

1) Georgia has begun reviewing almost all Medicaid members to see who still qualifies for coverage. The process is off to a rocky start, and almost 100,000 Georgians have lost their Medicaid coverage to date. If you, your children, or other loved ones are covered by Medicaid, stay in charge of your coverage by logging into your Georgia Gateway account and look out for notices from the state about your coverage. If you are not a Medicaid member, help spread the word in your community.

2) Georgia has rolled out a new program for some uninsured low-income adults called Pathways to Coverage. If you or someone you know are currently uninsured, plan to join us for our August 8th FaceBook Live event to learn more about Pathways, whether you may qualify for coverage, and how to apply through Georgia Gateway. (Scroll down to the “Your Guide to Georgia Pathways” section for more information.)

Let’s celebrate Medicaid’s birthday by helping children and families keep their coverage during the Medicaid renewals process, getting as many Georgians as possible newly covered under the Pathways program, and keeping up the calls for Medicaid expansion!




Peach Pulse | June celebrations 🎉, alert for Friday Health customers, public health, & more!


June 2023


This Juneteenth, Black Georgians of color deserve better!

Despite living in a state that is recognized as a global hub of health care innovation, employment, and investment, Black Georgians continue to experience worse health than white Georgians. The ways that our laws are structured is one cause for this inequality.

Black Georgians still lack equal access to affordable health care in our state. Almost 15% of Black Georgians are uninsured, compared to 11.9% of white Georgians who are uninsured. Additionally, Black Georgians are more likely to have medical debt in collections than white Georgians, due in part to higher uninsured rates.

Fortunately, our state leaders have an opportunity to reduce this inequity. The most effective action they could take is to expand Medicaid to cover uninsured adults in Georgia. This action would cover an estimated 140,000 Black Georgians and more than 490,000 Georgians total.

A gift for Georgia dads? Medicaid expansion!

For more than a decade, 400,000 Georgians have not been able to meaningfully access Georgia’s health care system because our state has not expanded Medicaid to all low-income, uninsured adults. One in four people in this coverage gap are Georgia parents. When dads and other parents don’t have health coverage, their children’s well-being also suffers. The health of Georgia’s children depends on their parent’s ability to care and support them–a task that is much easier for healthy, thriving parents.

Parents can only stay healthy if they can visit a doctor when they are sick, get affordable medicines at the pharmacy, and can be screened early for illnesses like cancer.

GHF and Cover Georgia are celebrating Juneteenth and Father’s Day all month long by letting state leaders know how Black Georgians and dads would be better off with Medicaid expansion. Tell your state legislators today that ALL Georgians deserve better access to health care with Medicaid expansion!





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!