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Action Alert
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)
Teachers and state retirees rally for better health coverage (AJC)
Critics of state health plan take rally to the Capitol (GA Health News)
Teacher anger directed at Gov. Deal (11 Alive)

August 19, 2014 -- 2015 SHBP Options Still Not
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**New Action Alert - 8/24**
Many of our members have had conversations with co-workers this week who have not been aware of any of
this insurance debacle!

This week, please
download this .pdf file comparing the 2014 rates with the 2015 plan options, print it out (at
home!) and post it in your school and office mail rooms so that everyone can see it! We have also included the
T.R.A.G.I.C. website and Facebook page, as well as web addresses for our sources in case anyone wants to
check our numbers.

Those of you who are used to making eye-catching bulletin boards for your students should apply the same
principles here! Mount the chart on some construction paper and ask permission to post it in your mail room.
Other Teacher Associations can post notices there...so you should be able to as well.
Get to your schools and your offices and spread the word!

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
Georgia Insurance Choices