Category Archives: Medicaid

Bipartisan Cooperation on Health Care in Georgia, but not Medicaid Expansion

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(APN) ATLANTA — Medicaid expansion may be dead for the year, but there appears to be bipartisan cooperation on other health policy issues.   “One of the biggest concerns I have is our rural hospitals…. I have personally seen what happened when some of my friends in Dooly County, when their hospital closed. I had friends who worked there, doctors, […]

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House Democrats Emphasize Medicaid Expansion, Military Families In Legislative Rollout

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(APN) ATLANTA — In the flurry of activity that marked the first week of the 2016 year of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus gathered on Thursday, January 14, 2016, to announce their policy agenda.   High on the list was Medicaid expansion in Georgia, an option under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that Georgia […]

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UGA Finds Student Protester, Adam Veale, Not Guilty

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(APN) ATLANTA — A University of Georgia (UGA) student, Adam Veale, was found not guilty by the school’s Student Judiciary, part of its Office of Student Conduct, for his non-violent civil disobedience and arrest at the State Capitol while advocating for Medicaid Expansion with Moral Monday on March 02, 2015.   Veale was offered a deal to avoid […]

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Twelve Protesters Arrested at Capitol, Demanding Medicaid Expansion


Photograph by Steve Eberhart (APN) ATLANTA — Twelve members of Moral Monday GA were arrested on Monday, March 02, 2015, when a crowd blocked a flight of stairs inside the State Capitol in protest of Gov. Nathan Deal’s continued refusal to expand Medicaid.   Those arrested include Kathy Acker, Greg Ames, Adam Cobb, Tim Denson, Bob Goodman, Alan Jenkins, Tim […]

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SEIU Activists Across U.S. South Seek to Unseat Governors for Failure to Expand Medicaid

Photograph courtesy of Steve Eberhardt. (APN) ATLANTA — On May 31, 2014, over 250 community leaders and union activists from eight states across the U.S. South held a rally at the Martin Luther King Center to kick off a campaign to call on Southern Governors to stop denying millions of citizens access to healthcare and instead expand Medicaid under the […]

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APN Issues Legislature Scorecard for Metro Atlanta for 2014

  (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has compiled a legislative scorecard for State Representatives and State Senators representing areas wholly or partially in Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   The Scorecard is available as a Google Spreadsheet here: The Scorecard grades legislators on ten specific votes during the 2014 Legislative Session.  APN plans to add to the Scorecard in […]

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Moral Monday Activists Attempt to Deliver Petitions to Gov. Deal on Medicaid Expansion

(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, April 07, 2014, Moral Monday took to the street on exclusive West Paces Ferry Road, across from the Governor’s Mansion.  Their mission was to deliver fifty thousand signed petitions from Georgia citizens calling for the Governor to expand Medicaid and to accept his executive responsibility and veto HB 990.     As previously reported by […]

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2014 Georgia Legislative Session Wrap-up (UPDATE 1)

    (APN) ATLANTA — Once again, it was not exactly a banner year for progressive legislation down at the Georgia General Assembly.  Atlanta Progressive News followed the General Assembly in depth this year, including coverage of several bills. Previously, APN published our wrap-up of Crossover Day, which was on March 03, 2014: The Crossover Day wrap-up article contains […]

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39 Arrested in Moral Monday Protest for Medicaid Expansion in Georgia

  (APN) ATLANTA — On the ninth Moral Monday Georgia action day at the state capitol, although held on a Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 39 people were arrested inside the Georgia Capitol protesting Gov. Deal and the Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid in Georgia pursuant to the Affordable Care Act.   The first wave of protests consisted of four groups […]

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Gov. Deal Wants to Restrict Emergency Room Care for Low-Income People

  (APN) ATLANTA — It is no secret that there is an element in the Republican Party that has callous disdain for poor people and blames them for being poor.     On Monday, March 03, 2014, Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, made that element blatantly obvious, with his bold new idea that uninsured people should be turned away […]

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Georgia House Republicans Want to Block Gov. Deal from Expanding Medicaid

  (APN) ATLANTA — House Republicans are pushing new legislation to give the Legislature a say over whether the State of Georgia will accept federal funding to expand Medicaid in Georgia.   Medicaid expansion has been a hot issue, with Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur), the presumptive Democratic nominee for Governor, having criticized Gov. Nathan Deal for refusing to expand Medicaid […]

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Ten Arrested in Second Moral Monday Protest, Seeking Medicaid Expansion

(APN) ATLANTA — Earlier today, two weeks since the launch of the first Moral Monday in Georgia, ten progressive activists were arrested in Gov. Nathan Deal’s office for refusing to leave after the 5pm Capitol closing time.       They were attempting to deliver a letter to Gov. Deal that explained the consequences of not expanding Medicaid in Georgia. […]

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Georgia’s First “Moral Monday” Pushes Medicaid Expansion

(APN) ATLANTA — In a cold, blustery rain, about five hundred Georgians stood on the front steps of the Georgia State Capitol for over two hours imploring Governor Nathan Deal to stop playing politics with the lives of over 650,000 citizens and accept federal funding of Medicaid expansion in Georgia.       This was the day of the birth […]

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Rep. Gardner Hopeful Gov. Deal will Support Medicaid Expansion

With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum, Kevin Moran, and Matthew Charles Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA — State Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) says she is hopeful that Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, will change his mind over whether to expand Medicaid in Georgia pursuant to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Currently the U.S. states are split completely in half on the […]

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