Governor Deal: Medicaid Expansion Is A Good Deal For Georgia!
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Governor Deal: Medicaid Expansion Is A Good Deal For Georgia!

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Medicaid expansion is a good deal - COVER GEORGIA!

Through the Affordable Care Act, Georgia has the opportunity to expand Medicaid to cover low-income Americans with incomes at or below 138% of the poverty level, with the federal government covering most of the costs.  But Governor Deal has announced that he does not intend to move forward with the expansion.  We believe Medicaid Expansion is crucial for Georgia because:

Georgians need help getting health insurance. Georgia has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country.  In 2010, 27% of Georgia adults 18-64, and 52% of Georgia adults with incomes below 139% of the federal poverty level lacked health insurance. 

Treatment of the uninsured puts a financial strain on Georgia hospitals - and even the insured patients who rely on them.  People without health insurance still get sick or hurt (just like everyone else!).  In 2010, care for the uninsured cost Georgia hospitals more than $1.3 billlion.  It's estimated that insured families pay $1,000 a year in higher premiums to help cover these costs.

Medicaid expansion will promote health and save lives.  By extending coverage to 650,000 low-income, uninsured residents, Medicaid expansion will help Georgians get preventative services and will improve health outcomes.  Recent research suggests a Medicaid expansion in Georgia could actually prevent over 3,600 deaths per year - about 10 deaths per day.

Medicaid expansion makes fiscal sense.   If we don't expand Medicaid in Georgia, $36 billion of hard-earned Georgia federal tax dollars will be spent in other states.  If we accept these funds, the federal government will cover more than 90% of the cost of the Medicaid expansion, and Georgia will get tremendous value for its relatively small contribution. Medicaid expansion could also save money on other state & local programs (i.e. safety net hospitals, mental health services).

Medicaid expansion is good for the Georgia economy. Medicaid expansion is expected to bring $36 billion in direct federal funds to the state and have a cumulative impact of $72 billion on the economy over the next 10 years. Since poor health is the most common reason to miss work, and since medical bills are the leading cause of bankrupcy, Medicaid expansion could also play a role in maintaining the health of the workforce, preventing medical bankruptcies, and even preventing related foreclosures. A healthy Georgia is a properous Georgia.

To track ongoing news and stories related Medicaid expansion in Georgia and nationwide, to to  To learn more about or join the COVER GEORGIA coalition, go to  

Please note that if you've signed a petition on this site before while living elsewhere, due to "autofill" you may not appear on the petition as a Georgia resident!  Please take a few moments to check and/or update your address so Governor Deal knows you are one of his constituents.  Thank-you.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. "Moral Monday" Rally at the Capitol for Medicaid Expansion!

      Please join the Moral Monday coalition on Monday, January 13 to fight for Medicaid Expansion in Georgia. The day will begin with visits to local representatives (10:30am - 1:30pm) in the Capitol building, and will end with a mass rally from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information go to

    3. Rally for Medicaid Expansion - Friday, December 6th at 4pm

      Join the National Domestic Workers Alliance (Atlanta Chapter), US Human Rights Network, Moral Mondays GA, and Atlanta Jobs with Justice to ensure Medicaid Expansion continues to be in the public eye in advance of the upcoming legislative session. The rally will be held at the main plaza in front of Grady Memorial Hospital. For more information, please contact Tamieka Atkins at 646.334.9503 and

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. Candlelight Vigil for the Uninsured

      On Saturday November 16 at 7pm, HealthSTAT will host a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol to honor those who lost their lives due to lack of insurance. All are welcome to join to help us shine light on the issue of uninsurance and the importance of Medicaid expansion.

      Candles will be provided. Banners, signs, and other personal memorials are welcome.

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. When you reach a goal.... set a new one!

      We've reached our original goal of 1000 signatures! But in the wake of Governor Rick Scott's (R-FL) decision to pursue Medicaid expansion in Florida, it's clear that this is a WINNABLE BATTLE, and that we need to let Governor Deal know that Georgians throughout the state support Medicaid expansion. Please continue to sign and share this petition with friends, family, and colleagues in Georgia.

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. COVER GEORGIA launches a website!

      Take a look at!

      Cover Georgia

      Please support our efforts to move forward the Medicaid expansion. Your donation will help Georgians for a Healthy Future fund this important coalition effort to ensure that all Georgians have access to quality and affordable health care. We hope you will consider making a donation and becoming a part of our movement to Cover Georgia.

    10. "Cover Georgia" campaign launched!

      Health care consumer and patient advocacy groups, providers, stakeholders, and community groups are coming together under the "Cover Georgia" umbrella to show support for expanding Medicaid, and we invite you to join us. If you are interested in getting involved in this discussion, or you'd like more information, please see the website below!

      Georgians for a Healthy Future | Cover Georgia

      Georgia policymakers are currently weighing the opportunity to cover an estimated 650,000 uninsured Georgians through an expansion of the Medicaid

    11. Candlelight Vigil, Wednesday October 24th, 7pm

      Next Wednesday (October 24th) at 7pm, please join HealthSTAT on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol to remember patients, family, and friends who have died of preventable causes because they lacked access to healthcare.

    12. Stay updated!

      Want to get updates about the Medicaid expansion (or have easy access to media and academic articles that discuss it?) We have a webpage ( and a Facebook page (! "Like" or "Follow" us :-) Be on the lookout for Medicaid 101 sessions at schools and in the community.

    13. Reached 100 signatures
    14. HealthSTAT is looking for stories!

      HealthSTAT is looking for stories of patients, family members, and loved ones who could benefit from the Medicaid expansion. Please go to to learn more about the Medicaid expansion and to share your story! Email us at if you have any questions or would prefer to share your story that way!


    Reasons for signing

    • Victor Jones ATLANTA, GA
      • about 1 month ago

      I am under current battle with the Medicaid system for denying me physical therapy for my back injury and now i'm hurting all the time.

    • Dan Saenger WR, GA
      • 7 months ago

      Everyone has a right to healthcare, even the poor.

    • Dana Dyer CHATSWORTH, GA
      • 7 months ago

      my daughter is going to college full time and does not have a job. My husband and I are both disabled and cannot afford to pay for her health insurance.

    • William Wallis POOLER, GA
      • 7 months ago

      I have macular degeneration and am in the economic group not eligible for anything. If I a need a Dr. I have to go to the emergency room. This is wasteful, but I have no other choose

    • Jeffrey Gardner ATHENS, GA
      • 7 months ago

      I am a graduate student working toward my PhD. My wife, who is currently expecting our third daughter, and I are frustrated by Georgia's decision to not expand medicaid and we plead with you to reconsider. I currently have health insurance through the university and my two daughters and wife (because she is expecting) are covered through medicaid because we cannot currently afford private health insurance. We fall into the "coverage gap" because my current annual income of $16,452 as a graduate student is too little to qualify my wife for the ACA tax credit and once she gives birth she will no longer qualify for medicaid coverage in Georgia. We are a hard-working family but our options are limited. In fact, without Georgia's expansion of medicaid, the result of being in this coverage gap means that we will also be penalized come next tax season, which will only perpetuate our financial challenges. In essence, by not expanding medicaid, Georgia is creating a massive burden for our family. After completing graduate school and gaining employment as a university professor I will be able to afford private health insurance for each member of my family. There are thousands more just like us in Georgia who need you to please expand medicaid coverage.


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