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THE ASK

Ask Georgia's members of Congress to protect healthcare for children in need by increasing the amount of federal dollars that support the state’s Medicaid program by 14 percent, to 81 percent total.

THE DETAILS

  • Nearly 40%, or more than one million, of Georgia’s children under 19 years of age get their health insurance through Medicaid.
  • Funds from both the federal government and the state pay for Medicaid.
  • Last year (FY 2020), for every $1 spent on Medicaid in Georgia, the federal government spent about 67 cents and the state spent about 33 cents. This means that the federal matching assistance percentage (FMAP) rate for Georgia was 67.03%.
  • Since the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic in March, demand for Medicaid is up by 150,000 people (including children), likely due to job loss and resulting loss of employer-sponsored healthcare.
  • The CARES Act, passed this past March in response to COVID-19, increased the FMAP to 73.23% to help offset such economic challenges faced by states during the public health emergency.
  • More is needed to adequately support Medicaid during this time of great need. Congress should pass legislation increasing the FMAP by 14%, which would make the FMAP 81% for Georgia.

THE MESSAGE

Dear [insert congressional title and name],

Please protect the state’s ability to serve Georgia’s children and families by increasing the federal matching assistance percentage (FMAP) rate for Medicaid by 14 percent in any upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. In Georgia, prior to the pandemic, more than one million children under the age of 19 depended on Medicaid for their healthcare coverage. Since the pandemic, that number has grown by thousands. We know that by ensuring timely well-care visits, immunizations and other preventive and interventive measures, that children are much more likely to succeed in school and in society, and less likely to fall victim to lifelong chronic illnesses. However, with the economic instability wrecked upon our state (and all states) by COVID-19, I am concerned that we will not be able to provide adequate coverage and services for our children and youth as they return to school, wrestle with the trauma of lost loved ones, and struggle to find viable treatment options in a strained healthcare system. By increasing the federal match to 81 percent for Georgia, you can help the state offset further crisis for our kids. Thank you for your service and your continued commitment to Georgia’s children and families.

THE HOW

Call or email your Senator and Representative:

Senator David Perdue
202-224-3521
Email Senator Perdue 

Senator Kelly Loeffler
202-224-3643
Email Senator Loeffler

Rep. Buddy Carter (District 1)
202-225-5831
Email Rep. Carter

Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr. (District 2)
202-225-3631
Email Rep. Bishop

Rep. Drew Ferguson, IV (District 3)
202-225-5901
Email Rep. Ferguson

Rep. Henry Johnson, Jr. (District 4)
202-225-1605
Email Rep. Johnson

Rep. Lucy McBath (District 6)
202-225-4501
Email Rep. McBath

Rep. Rob Woodall (District 7)
202-225-4272
Email Rep. Woodall

Rep. Austin Scott (District 8)
202-225-6531
Email Rep. Scott

Rep. Doug Collins (District 9)
202-225-9893
Email Rep. Collins

Rep. Jody Hice (District 10)
202-225-4101
Email Rep. Hice

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (District 11)
202-225-2931
Email Rep. Loudermilk

Rep. Rick Allen (District 12)
202-225-2823
Email Rep. Allen

Rep. David Scott (District 13)
202-225-2939
Email Rep. Scott

Rep. Tom Graves (District 14)
202-225-5211
Email Rep. Graves
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