Cover Georgia CALL TO ACTION: Submit a Public Comment by December 3, 2019

Article Type: 
Blog

More Georgians than ever have health insurance, but the Georgians who need it most still lack the opportunity to receive health care and the financial freedom that comes with having a health insurance card.

 

With Georgia now exploring changes, it is time for Georgians (like you!) to share your thoughts on the matter. 

 

In the last week, Governor Kemp announced two plans that will change Georgia’s health care landscape in significant ways. These plans may impact how you, your friends and family, and Georgians all across the state access and pay for health care. One plan will change Georgia’s Medicaid program and the other will change how private insurance works in the state. The plans proposed will not work for Georgia families and consumers, putting their health and finances at risk. We need you to step up and become a health care hero by telling state officials what you think of their plans!

 

The proposed changes

 

Changes to Medicaid

 

Governor Kemp has proposed changes to Georgia’s Medicaid program that would cover some Georgia adults making incomes below the poverty line (about $12,000 a year for an individual or $26,000 for a family of four). While this should give many more Georgians a pathway to coverage, the plan includes so many barriers to coverage that state leaders believe that only a small fraction will actually get covered. The barriers to coverage include work reporting requirements, premium payments, and other complicated provisions that have failed in other states. Even worse, the state will pay three times more per person to cover far fewer people.

 

Do these changes impact you, your loved ones or your community? Tell state leaders what you think!

 

Changes to private insurance
 

The second plan announced by Governor Kemp makes changes to private insurance and Georgia’s health insurance marketplace. The marketplace waiver proposes four big changes:

  1. Dismantles Georgia’s health insurance marketplace (also called healthcare.gov), leaving consumers with no central, unbiased platform where they can compare and purchase comprehensive insurance plans
  2. Allows Georgia consumers to use financial assistance to purchase substandard plans that do not cover essential health services, endangering access to care and the financial health of Georgia consumers
  3. Establishes a re-insurance program, which subsidizes the costs to insurance companies of high-cost consumers in order to lower premiums
  4. Allows the employees of small businesses to receive financial help from both the ACA and from their employer to purchase health coverage

 

Do these changes impact you, your loved ones or your community? Tell state leaders what you think!

 

Be a health care hero!

 

These plans do not meet the health needs of Georgians who are struggling financially to access the quality services they need to thrive. Instead, thousands of Georgians will remain uninsured with no way to access needed health care, while others will find that they unknowingly enrolled in a plan that doesn’t cover necessary health services.

 

We need health care heroes! Now is the time for you to stand up and be a Georgia hero! State leaders are required to take comments from the public about their plans. This is your chance to tell Governor Kemp how these plans will affect you, your loved ones, and Georgians across the state.

 

  1. Visit CoverGA.org today and submit your comments online!
  2. Enroll your friends and family members to post their comments. Help us engage more Georgians in providing feedback to our state officials. Share with them the latest (Nov 2019) information from Cover Georgia.
  3. Attend an in-person public comment meeting!

Macon, Georgia | Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | RSVP

Bainbridge, Georgia | Thursday, November 14, 2019 | RSVP

Gainesville, Georgia | Monday, November 18, 2019 | RSVP

Rome, Georgia | Thursday, November 21, 2019 | RSVP

Kennesaw, Georgia | Friday, November 22, 2019 | RSVP
 

Even if you don’t plan to speak, it is important for state leaders to see how many people care about how the plans will impact their health care and insurance.

 

The public comment period will close on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Speak up today!