Cover Georgia is asking you to speak up in two ways today:
- Tell federal officials that Gov. Kemp's plan to make it harder for Georgians to shop and enroll in affordable health insurance is a bad fit for our state. Scroll down or click here to take action before the January 9th deadline!
- Urge the Senate to fix Georgia's coverage gap by immediately passing the Build Back Better Act. This fix would create a bridge to health coverage for low-income Georgia adults. Scroll down or click here to take action.
Let's make health insurance easier, not harder.
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Health officials at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) are re-examining Governor Kemp's plan to reshape private health insurance in Georgia. As part of this important legal process, health officials have asked the public to weigh in on the Governor's plan. We need you to speak up! The Governor's plan is made up of two parts:
- Reinsurance—which would help to lower premiums for health plans sold on the Affordable Care Act's marketplace (healthcare.gov) starting in 2022; and
- The Georgia Access model—which would push thousands of Georgians to become uninsured or underinsured by forcing consumers to enroll in coverage through disconnected, profit-driven insurance companies and web brokers instead of the unbiased enrollment platform that consumers know & trust (healthcare.gov).
This plan was a bad fit for Georgia when the Governor put it forward in 2019 and its an even worse fit for our state now. Many more Georgians rely on the ACA Marketplace now because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rollout of more generous financial help available.
The Governor's plan would disrupt the coverage of 550,000 Georgians. The plan does not add any new ways for people to shop for health coverage. Instead, it eliminates the most trusted and widely used path for Georgians to purchase their own coverage. For many, they will end up in plans that do not meet their needs and don't cover basic services like prescription drugs or mental health care. Thousands will get lost in the process altogether and unintentionally become uninsured.
For what is likely the last time, health officials are asking for comments from Georgians about the Governor's plan. The deadline to comment is January 9th, 2022. Don't miss your chance to say how this plan will affect you, your loved ones, and Georgians across the state! Tell health officials what you think today!
A federal fix for Georgia's coverage gap problem!
Even in the midst of a pandemic, Georgia has rejected the option to extend Medicaid coverage to hard-working, uninsured Georgians, leaving 500,000 parents, veterans, and low-wage workers without any meaningful health insurance.
Fortunately, on Nov. 19th the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which will close the coverage gap (through 2025) for 2.2 million Americans in Georgia and 11 other states that haven’t expanded Medicaid. It’s been a tough fight to get here, and we all need to urge the Senate to see this process through and pass the bill.
Please take a few minutes to contact Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senators Warnock and Ossoff, and President Biden to urge them to act urgently to pass the Build Back Better package so that we can close the coverage gap.
Expand Health Care to Include All Georgians
Cover Georgia is a broad coalition of community stakeholders and advocates from all across our state. We have launched a shared campaign to ensure that all Georgians regardless of income get the health coverage and care they need.
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Georgia’s uninsured rate is the fifth worst in our country.
Medicaid expansion could provide affordable health coverage to 473,000 Georgians. Each year state leaders block expansion, Georgia loses out on $3 billion in federal funding for health coverage, resources that could put an insurance card in the pockets of almost half a million Georgians. This needs to change.