As advocates for children, ICM is equally aware of the need to support the wellbeing of parents, guardians, and caregivers of children. In fact, recognizing that Georgia has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the nation, ICM supported efforts to extend pregnancy Medicaid for mothers.
In 2020, the Georgia legislature passed, and Governor Kemp signed a bill extending pregnancy Medicaid coverage for eligible women to six months after giving birth. However, a similar measure in 2021, House Bill 72, extending postpartum Medicaid coverage to twelve months after delivery, did not cross over.
A setback is not a deterrent to advocacy, but an opportunity to reevaluate and strategize. As such, it is important that we stay engaged, learn, share, and reach out to decision and policy makers about this and other issues impacting the wellbeing of parents, guardians, and caregivers in Georgia. Below you will find links to resources and fact sheets concerning parental nurturing.
INFORMATION ON PARENTING
INFORMATION ON FAMILY LEAVE LEGISLATION
“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”— JAMES BALDWIN