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The 2014 Session of the Georgia General Assembly Begins Monday, the 13th of January

Rep. Pat Gardner | Legislative Report | January 7, 2014

Dear Friend,

The 2014 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly will convene Monday, January 13, at the State Capitol. I am honored to be serving my 13th year as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from the 57th District.

Below is the first of my weekly updates about actions and activities at the Capitol during the session. Please let me know if you are interested in a particular issue or if you have a child who would like to be a Page for one day.

As always, please contact me whenever I can be of service, and for more information, please visit www.PatGardner.org.

Warmly,

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Looking forward to new session

Your support of my re-election energizes me to prepare for the session that begins in January.

Team Gardner did a fabulous job getting me re-elected for another two years.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my familyl the staff, and the volunteers who worked as part of the four month effort leading up to big victory on July 31st.

Fortunately, no Republican has qualified to run for HD 57 so I can now spend my energy examining the issues likely to emerge and to meet with  you to find out what the citizens in the district are interested in.

There will be at least one town hall meeting in the fall, but, in the meantime, please feel free to contact me about your interests and issues.

Pat

Rep. Gardner selected to serve on AUC Collaborative

REP. GARDNER SELECTED TO SERVE ON ATLANTA UNIVERSITY CENTER (AUC) CONSORTIUM’S
2012-2013 COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP COLLABORATIVE

ATLANTA —  This evening marks the first meeting of the 2012-2013 Community Leadership Collaborative of the Atlanta University Center(AUC) Consortium.  And Rep. Pat Gardner is particularly pleased to be joining other significant Atlanta leaders in her newly re-drawn District 57 for this important Leadership Collaborative.

“I’m proud to have been selected and asked to be a part of this very important initiative,” affirms Gardner, a long-time healthcare advocate, “that includes a focus on Health and Wellness, which is my passion, and to do so alongside Morehouse School of Medicine.   I have the highest regard for Morehouse School of Medicine, with whom I have partnered with in the past. especially in advocating for better access to healthcare for all of our citizens who need that access.”

For more information about Rep. Gardner’s experience in healthcare legislation, and her dedication to her new District 57,  please visit:

www.patgardner.org

Pat Gardner
Georgia House District 57
668 East Pelham Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
pat@patgardner.org
www.patgardner.org
404 873-6208

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Rep. Gardner’s response on Affordable Care Act decision

Rep. Pat Gardner leads response at State Capitol and in new District 57 on Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision

Remarks of Rep. Pat Gardner (D-57)
State Capitol | June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court has determined that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is constitutional and I will leave the constitutional arguments to the lawyers.

No one could be more delighted that I am …..as a mother whose baby daughter was denied coverage by insurers because of a pre-existing condition ….that was 35 years ago.

No family will have to face that kind of anxiety in the future. Hard working families have known for decades that the system is broken.

Today we have taken a historic step forward toward creating a coordinated system of care. Those 65,000 young adults will be able to continue on their parents’ policy and people will no longer be denied coverage or find their coverage dropped when they get sick. For Georgia’s small businesses the Health Insurance Exchange will help small businesses find affordable health coverage for their workers and the possibility of subsidies for those most in need.

Individuals will have more options for coverage. Adults will be able to have Medicaid coverage for the first time so instead of expending state dollars on treatment…and mental health treatment is the best example of how state dollars will be saved…there will be federal dollars to help our working families get the healthcare they need.

However, one bill alone cannot fix a broken system. One court decision alone cannot fix a broken system. There are no perfect bills and the ACA will require some tweaking. Change brings chaos and we will need effective leadership to be at the table as we hammer out the implementation of the new law. For Georgia’s small businesses the Health Insurance Exchange will help small businesses find affordable health coverage for their workers and the possibility of subsidies for those most in need.

Adults will be able to have Medicaid coverage for the first time so instead of expending state dollars on treatment…and mental health treatment is the best example of how state dollars will be save…there will be federal dollars.

Requests to Governor Deal:
The health care debate is not over. It simply moves to a new arena. With the Court’s ruling on the Medicaid expansion, the crucial decisions now are the ones to be taken at the state level. Here in Georgia, we should put federal funds to work ensuring our hard-working families who today make too much to qualify for Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids. It would be a monumental mistake for Georgia to forego the opportunity to cover 700,000 of our uninsured citizens with at least 90 pct federal dollars. People need timely care and our hospitals and doctors need payment. Billions of dollars will be lost to our health system if we leave them on the table. As we turn to this next stage in our great national debate, deciding whether

Georgia should participate in Medicaid expansion to make sure that our hard-working families have quality affordable health care coverage that can never be taken away, I think we should put on hold making major changes in the way we manage and deliver care under the Medicaid program. We need to approach this new landscape in a thoughtful, methodical, and judicious manner, not jump the gun with a re-designed delivery system that may not pass the test of time.

There is too much money at stake … and our health, too.

 

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Rep. Gardner to hold presser on SCOTUS ruling

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
June 27, 2012

Atlanta, Ga. – June 27, 2012 – State Representative Pat Gardner will hold a press conference tomorrow on the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement about the Affordable Care Act.

Representative Gardner will hold the press conference to discuss her reaction to the decision of the Court and what the decision will mean for Georgia’s healthcare.

She will be joined by other healthcare advocates.

What: Press Conference on the Affordable Care Act
When: Thursday, June 28
Immediately following the Governor’s Press Conference
Where: The Capitol, Room 230