Blog (March 2010)
By Mike King
Presuming the U.S. Senate approves the reconciled bill sent over from the House — and it’s dicey presuming anything these days regarding health care reform — the long-awaited federal effort to fundamentally alter how Americans get health care coverage is about to commence. Once it does, much of the attention will shift to the states, making it all the more important that health care advocates in Georgia participate in the process over the next few years.
We are now in the 28th day of the legislative session and as cross-over day approaches, things are heating under the gold dome. By midnight on Thursday, bills must clear their chamber of origin if they are to pass this term unless they are attached to another eligible measure. Georgians for a Healthy Future will continue to monitor legislation that will impact the health and welfare of all Georgians and work towards providing access to affordable and quality health care.
On Saturday, March 27th at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta the Georgia Free Clinic Network and the National Association of Free Clinics are sponsoring a Free Health Clinic for the state’s uninsured residents. Based on the success of similar events country-wide, we anticipate serving 1800-2200 uninsured Georgians. Similar free clinics have been sponsored by the NAFC in Houston TX, New Orleans LA, Little Rock AR, Kansas City MO, and Hartford CT. These events have been documented by the Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, CNN and MSNBC. The Atlanta event will also be a focus of the national press. To view videos of some of previous one-day clinics, click here.