ATLANTA — This week, the State Health Access Data Assistance Center released new data showing that between 2013-2016, the number of uninsured children in Georgia shrank by 85,337 due to the Affordable Care Act. However, Georgians still ranks in the top five states for number of uninsured children.
As Washington attempts to gut protections for preexisting conditions and some in Congress propose a budget that repeals the Affordable Care Act and partially privatizes Medicare, Democratic nominee for governor and former House Democratic Leader StaceyAbrams released the following statement:
“Georgia children and their families deserve access to quality, affordable health care. As Democratic Leader, I was proud to help Georgians access lifesaving health care that prevented insurance companies from discriminating against Georgians with preexisting conditions. As Governor, my first priority will be to expand Medicaid to keep our families healthy, keep our state’s rural hospitals open, and show the nation that Georgia is a great place to live, work, and do business. Under my leadership, affordable health care access will be critical to ensuring every family has the freedom and opportunity to thrive.”
As House Democratic Leader, Stacey Abrams led Democrats to hold town halls in their districts to help Georgians enroll in the health care exchange. Abrams traveled to counties with no Democratic representation to ensure those families were informed about opportunities to enroll. She also founded a nonprofit, the New Georgia Project, and hired health care navigators to go door-to-door and enroll Georgians. Abrams was commended by the Obama Administration for her efforts to expand health care access in Georgia.