ICM’s earliest advocacy efforts were instrumental in garnering healthcare for Georgia’s children and establishing access to PeachCare for Kids. Yet, healthcare continues to be a priority issue, noting its ever-present need at this time of the pandemic and that Georgia is one of eight Southern states that has not expanded Medicaid.
During the 2021 legislative session, ICM tracked and supported bills that directly addressed children’s access to healthcare. House Bill 307, Georgia Telehealth Act, expands existing law to make it easier for healthcare providers to offer telemedicine services from home including by telephone and to allow patients to receive care at their home, workplace, or school. House Bill 163, Express Lane Eligibility Bill, allows the state to use data from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to identify and enroll uninsured children who are already eligible for Medicaid. Thanks to our collective efforts House Bill 163 and House Bill 307 passed both chambers of the legislature and are now before the Governor.
While House Resolution 52, creating a Joint Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure did not pass the Senate, the House did enact to commission a Study Committee on Lead Exposure.
As we work to bring children’s healthcare needs to the forefront and prioritize policies and legislation critical to the wellbeing of children, it is important that we stay engaged, learn, share, and reach out to decision and policy makers about this and other healthcare issues impacting children in Georgia. Below you will find links to resources and fact sheets to facilitate your discussions.
CHILD HEALTHCARE AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONAL RESOURCES:
CHILD MENTAL ILLNESS:
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”— DR. SEUSS