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Teachers Rally to Advocate for Georgia
Insurance Choices (T.R.A.G.I.C.)
T.R.A.G.I.C.'s mission is to advocate for a state-
designed healthcare plan with affordable options
that will meet the diverse needs of Georgia's state
employees, retirees and their families.

Coverage of Our Rally
- State employees, teachers rally to improve health insurance choices
(Cherokee Tribune)
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Teachers and state retirees rally for better health coverage (AJC)
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Critics of state health plan take rally to the Capitol (GA Health News)
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Teacher anger directed at Gov. Deal (11 Alive)

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August 19, 2014 -- 2015 SHBP Options Still Not
Affordable
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Background
By now, you should have seen the 2015 Rate Comparisons for both the Active and Medicare
Advantage plans. While we are pleased the Department of Community Health has offered
choices for 2015, these choices are just as unaffordable as last year! The premiums and
deductibles are way out of line with state employee and teacher salaries, and mean financial
ruin for school support personnel and other state employees.














The newspaper headlines have been mainly positive, telling a very different story than the
unaffordable reality that we will be dealing with next year. There are numerous lobbyists and
pubic relations people working for the other side, spinning the story and getting their side out.
We have only our voice (and our vote!).

We are strong when we speak as one, and it is time to speak up!

What to Say
Call the Governor’s Office tomorrow and the DCH. Send emails. Contact your Legislators. Here
are some sample questions, but feel free to ask your own!

“Can you explain how I am supposed to afford this insurance and pay up to $28,000 on my
salary of $___________?”

“Can you explain why the BCBS Medicare Advantage plan costs 300 – 700% more than it does
this year? Why is it so much higher than United Health Care?”

“Why is the United Health Care HMO 25% more than the Blue Cross HMO?

What are members getting for that additional money?”

“Why are the Board of Regents, with fewer employees and a smaller risk pool, able to offer so
much better insurance than the State Heath Benefit Plan?”

Who to Contact
Office of the Governor: (404) 656-1776
Email the Governor: http://gov.georgia.gov/webform/contact-governor-domestic-form

Call the DCH: (404) 656-4507.
Email the DCH (use both addresses): DCHBoard@dch.ga.gov, creese@dch.ga.gov

Find your Legislators:
Georgia House of Representatives: http://openstates.org/ga/
Georgia Senate: http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/FindyourLegislator.aspx
Teachers Rally to Advocate for
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