Join Georgia Equality and partners at Cover Georgia Day this Thursday (February 28) from 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. to encourage lawmakers to expand Medicaid to give low-income Georgians coverage.

According to Cover Georgia, Georgia is one of only 17 states to so far refuse to expand Medicaid. Each year leaders block this expansion, Georgia loses out on $3 billion in federal funding for health coverage – money that could insure almost half a million Georgians.

Georgia has the fifth worst rate of uninsured people – 12.9 percent – in the country, and in rural areas of the state, this rate could climb to more than 25 percent by 2026.

Closing this gap could strengthen behavioral health treatment and services in Georgia, expand treatment services to more people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse, and extend health insurance to more than 155,000 uninsured Georgian women.

The morning will begin with breakfast and a brief informational session at the Central Presbyterian Church (201 Washington St. NW) in the Tull Fellowship Hall. Then, attendees will walk to the state Capitol to advocate that elected officials act on this issue.

If you want to register to attend – once you do, you’ll receive more information on how to prepare – or if you can’t but want to let your legislators know closing the insurance coverage gap is important to you, you can at the Cover Georgia website.

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