Medicaid Expansion should be a priority for the State of Georgia as over 300,000 Georgians are without healthcare. But, after six years of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) having taken effect, Georgia has consistently refused to expand Medicaid. Without federal money, Georgia officials have had to pump millions of state dollars into the health system to meet exploding costs, meanwhile Rural Hospitals and facilities have closed due to lack of funding.
Georgia’s Healthcare system is in “Crisis” mode.
Healthcare is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it is an American issue and everyone is deserving of access to affordable and reliable healthcare. With that being said, we are excited to see that changes may be in effect for the upcoming Legislative session in 2017. Please continue to reach out to your State Representatives to let them know you are in favor of expanding healthcare access to uninsured Georgians either through Medicaid Expansion or a proven model of Healthcare expansion. Collective voices on both sides of the aisle will make the difference to ensure that all Georgians have healthcare coverage.
In June of 2015 Georgia Federation of Democratic Women committed to work towards educating the citizens of Georgia about the constitutional Amendment on the ballot in November which would allow the state to take over public schools which are deemed “failing” by the state. The coalition consists of over 30 organizations including the National Education Association, Georgia Association of Educators, the State Parent/Teacher Association, NAACP, Concerned Black Clergy, American and Georgia Federation of Teachers, Professional Organization of Georgia Educators, Rise Up Georgia, Pro Georgia, Public Education Matters, and many more including GFDW. During the past year we have been making presentations about the Amendment all over the state. It is working! The Georgia School Board Association has come out against this as have several local school boards. We are getting more and more publicity from the media and we will have a website for the coalition on-line soon. Maureen Downey of the AJC has published several articles about this issue just in the past 2 weeks (http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/)
Members of the GFDW Education Committee have been working all around the state to help keep this amendment from passing. You can help spread the word in your communities by either making presentations yourself (we can provide materials for you) or by calling me to see if I or someone from the coalition can come to your group to make the presentation. Our coalition website www.keepgeorgiaschoolslocal.org will be ready by July 20. You can also go to the Georgia PTA Website and use their toolkit for more information (http://www.georgiapta.org/issues-action/opportunity-school-district-legislation/). Also, the Georgia School Board Association has a toolkit available at (http://gsba.com/advocacy-communications/osd-toolkit/).
For more information, contact the Education Committee Chairs, Bette Holland at 706-265-4570 or via email: email@example.com.
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