The GFDW Education committee completed a successful alliance with the Coalition to Keep Georgia Schools Local by defeating Amendment 1 on November 8. Thanks to all the women in GFDW who contributed to this grass roots movement. They made countless phone calls, sent hundreds of e-mails, marched in parades and attended fairs, called legislators, engaged their churches, talked with parents and community leaders, met with local school boards, passed out fliers, and contributed in countless other ways. As famed columnist Dick Yarbrough said in his column, “it was the finest grass-roots movement I have ever seen in Georgia”.
But the committees work is not done. The coalition is still in place and ready to continue its support of public education in Georgia. The name has changed to the Georgia Coalition for Public Education and has already met several times at the state capitol. They will be focusing on the budget for public education which includes another $166 M in austerity cuts along with passing on increased costs for transportation to local boards. There is also a bill which is being designed by Gov. Deal and Rep. Kevin Tanner which is aimed at helping challenged schools. Although it does not create opportunity school districts, this ALEC outlined bill does end in state charter schools and vouchers for children to attend private schools.
If you would like to become a part of this committee, please contact Bette Holland at email@example.com or at 706-265-4570.
Since we have a new president, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is being dismantled. But the evidence shows that the ACA is truly needed as over 352,000 Georgians, and counting, have enrolled in ACA for the 2017 fiscal year. Enrollment began in October 2016 and continues until January 31, 2017. Where will those who have pre-existing conditions and chronic health issues go without coverage if legislation is passed to repel and replace ACA? Not to mention, Georgia also has another 300,000 citizens without healthcare coverage because Governor Deal refused Medicaid Expansion. Rural hospitals and facilities within the state have closed their doors due to lack of funding which Medicaid Expansion would have provided. This decision alone put Georgians at risk of having to travel over 50 miles or more to seek medical attention. We have a serious healthcare crisis and it could be worsened if the House Repeals and Replaces ACA without a sensible and simultaneous plan to go into effect for American Citizens.
Healthcare is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it is an American issue and everyone is deserving of access to affordable and reliable healthcare. Call your local Senator and Congressman and let them know you are not in favor of repealing ACA without a plan to cover Americans. Collective voices on both sides of the aisle will make the difference to ensure that all Georgians have healthcare coverage. Join with GFDW as we lobby and fight for health care coverage.
If you would like to join this committee, please contact Tarenia Carthens at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
The expansion would be paid 100 percent by federal funds for the first three years and federal funds would never fall below 90 percent of costs. It is clear that all families and taxpayers of Georgia deserve to have HB 823 “Expand Medicaid Now” enacted NOW.” No More Political Play With The Taxes We Pay’. All families deserve coverage.