Closing the Coverage Gap

Image show 300,000 uninsured Georgians left in coverage gap

Veterans, working parents, and low-wage workers fall into the coverage gap between current medicaid coverage and insurance marketplace coverage

Since 2013, hundreds of thousands of Georgians have signed up for low-cost health coverage. Being covered means they are less stressed, more financially secure, and healthier. This is exciting progress, yet there is still a missing piece.

About 240,000 Georgians remain unable to get coverage. These Georgians are veterans, working parents, and low-wage workers. They are our friends, family members, and neighbors. They do not qualify for Medicaid and do not make enough money to get financial help through the health insurance Marketplace (also called healthcare.gov). They are stuck in the coverage gap.

Our elected officials have the power to solve this problem. The health care law was designed so that all Americans could access quality, affordable health insurance, but our state government still has work to do. Governor Deal and the state legislature can choose to use federal tax dollars that have been already set aside to provide coverage to those in the gap.

On this page you will find resources and information about our campaign to close the gap in Georgia. To learn more about the Cover Georgia coalition (or if you are an existing coalition partner and want to access additional advocacy tools and resources), visit our Cover Georgia coalition page.

Related Resources (26 items) Go to Library

Collaborating For Consumers: How Assisters and Advocates Can Inform Policy
Changes in Health Care and Policy in the 2016 Georgia Legislative Session
Close the Coverage Gap Postcard — Henry’s Story
Close the Coverage Gap Postcard – Lisa’s Story
Close the Coverage Gap Postcard – Tracy’s Story
For Uninsured Parents
Infographic: Closing the Coverage Gap
Infographic: Why close the coverage gap?
Infographic: Who qualifies for Medicaid?
Infographic: Who is in the coverage gap?
Coverage Gap Fact Sheet
CHAT with Sen. Rhett on Closing the Coverage Gap
What is the Coverage Gap?
Close the Coverage Gap: Expand Medicaid
Why Closing the Coverage Gap Matters to Georgia’s LGBT Community
Many Working Parents and Families in Georgia Would Benefit from Extending Medicaid Coverage
Georgia’s Health Insurance Coverage Gap
Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It
Annual Incomes of People in the Coverage Gap
Uninsured Veterans Could Gain Coverage
Job Classifications of Georgians in the Coverage Gap
Demographics of Georgians in the Coverage Gap
Hospitals, Communities, and the Coverage Gap
Georgia’s Coverage Gap
Close the Coverage Gap Postcard
Strengthening Georgia’s Rural Hospitals and Increasing Access to Care

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Mary Hills

Mary cares for her two children and grandchild. Making only $16,000 a year, Mary is unable to afford the medications she needs for her treatable chronic conditions. More than anything, Mary would like health insurance for preventive care. "Poor people can't afford to get sick."

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