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When you call, email or fax your legislators, they count each of these contacts individually. So if you call, email, and fax on one issue per day, it counts as three separate votes in their tally. If you don't have access to a fax machine, try the website faxzero.com.

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Actions you can take this week: November 29th 

Access to Affordable Healthcare

 

Does it seem like we are continually advocating for affordable healthcare for Georgians? Federal health officials are asking one more time for comments on Governor Kemp’s proposal to remake health insurance in Georgia. Comments become part of a powerful legal record that may protect Georgians and their families from a plan that will only make health insurance harder. One of our coalition partners, Cover Georgia, has made it easy for us.  Just click on the link and complete the form. As always, don’t just use the provided script. Modify and personalize the emails so they are more effective.

 

You will be sending two emails. One email comments on the reinsurance (support) and Georgia Access model (oppose).  

  • 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).

 

The other email goes to Senators Ossoff and Warnock asking them to pass the Build Back Better Act which among other things will expand Medicaid in Georgia thus closing the coverage gap through the end of 2025. 

If you prefer, you can send an email directly to the Senators without using the link and with the suggested script: My name is ---- and I am from ----. I have been a proponent of Medicaid expansion since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010. Now would be the perfect time for expansion as part of the Build Back Better Bill.  Let’s get it passed to help Georgians.  

 

Besides Medicaid expansion, here are some highlights of what is in the Build Back Better Bill.

 

  • Extends the improved Child Tax Credit to help meet the needs of parents and children.

  • $550 billion in climate action, clean energy jobs, and environmental justice.

  • Investments in affordable housing. 

  • Universal Pre-K and dramatically improved access to affordable child care. 

  • Guarantees 4 weeks of paid family and medical leave for all workers. 

  • Strengthens labor rights for workers through meaningful penalties for abusive employers. 

  • Expands access to home and community-based care services for older Americans and people with disabilities. 

  • Extends deportation protection and work permits to an estimated seven million undocumented immigrants for five years, with the chance of renewing for an additional five years. 

  •  Expands Medicare benefits to include coverage of hearing services, like hearing aids, starting in 2024.

  • Extends enhanced ACA healthcare marketplace subsidies through the end of 2025.

  • Expands eligibility and coverage under Medicaid and CHIP.

 

If Congressman Bishop is your Representative, contact him with the suggested script: My name is ---- and I am from ----. Thank you for your support of the Build Back Better Bill. Your efforts will improve the lives of all Georgians now and for years to come.

 

If Congressman Scott is your Representative, contact him with the suggested script: My name is ----- and I am from -----.  Since you did not vote in favor of the Build Back Better Bill, I expect that you won’t take any credit for all that is good in the bill if it becomes law.



 

The 2022 midterm elections are 49 weeks away. As always, it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Please stay safe. Get vaccinated if you are not. It’s time to get boosted if you were vaccinated six months ago (two months for Johnson and Johnson vaccines). Wear a mask when you don’t know the vaccination status of others.