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What a fantastic year!

As I graduate and move on my from my role in HealthSTAT as President I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year. I am supremely grateful for the experiences HealthSTAT provided and all that I learned. I would also like to honor those I had the privilege to work with in making this year such a success.

Governor Deal Attends HealthSTAT Legislative Breakfast!

Medicaid Expansion: A Dollars and Sense Issue 

By Sarah G. Candler

The age of patient-centered healthcare advocacy has arrived!  This morning, HealthSTAT hosted its annual Legislative Breakfast at the capitol.  With the help of Rep. Ben Harbin (R-Evans) and the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG), this event has helped bring health professions students from all over the state to speak to our legislators for almost ten years. 

Over 1,200 Georgians Tell Gov. Deal: Expansion Is A Good Deal!


HealthSTAT has partnered with the Cover Georgia coalition to share a petition urging Governor Deal to support the Medicaid expansion.

Help Us Make HealthSTAT's First Online Auction a Success!

Online Auction

In order to maintain HealtSTAT’s momentum and efficacy for years to come, we are participating in our first fundraiser. This April, HealthSTAT will be having our first online auction where we will be auctioning off items donated by YOU. So we need YOUR help!

If you have any items or know of businesses/organizations who would like to donate items to our auction, click here to access our donation form.

Don't forget to check back with us when our online auction launches on April 7th!

Wish List

We also welcome your tax-deductible in-kind donations.  The following items are on our wish list to make our office a welcoming, productive workspace:

  • Printer
  • Laptop computer
  • Microwave
  • Various office furniture

To arrange your in-kind donation, please contact our Managing Director, Diandria Barber, at


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Open Letter to Governor Deal — November 7, 2012

Gov. Nathan Deal
206 Washington Street
Suite 203, State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

November 7, 2012

Dear Governor Deal,

On September 24th you replied to HealthSTAT’s request, declining to meet with us to discuss Medicaid expansion to the 620,000 currently uninsured Georgians who are newly eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In that letter, you agreed that health reform is of critical importance and that your administration is committed to ensuring that hard-working families have access to world-class medical care. We agree, and have respectfully waited to respond to your letter, as you made it clear that you had no plans to take any further action on the issue until after the election.

Well, the results are in. With the combined reelection of President Barack Obama and a Democratic Senate majority, Congressional efforts to repeal the ACA are no longer viable.

Georgia has waited long enough - it is time to move forward with Medicaid expansion.

Nearly two million Georgians—or 20% of the state’s population--have no health insurance at all. Federal resources will cover 100% of expansion efforts over the first three years, which will improve access to care, strengthen our state’s economy, and help retain the future provider workforce. Additionally, experts believe that expanding Medicaid could prevent up to 3,700 deaths of Georgians each year.

HealthSTAT brings health discussion to DeKalb middle school

Ronald E. McNair Middle School, DeKalb, Georgia    -    Nov 1, 2011

By Amy Bryson and Jen Burkholder

“I’m voting so I can be healthy enough to go to school everyday… I’m voting so my family and I can go to the doctor without worrying about cost or money…” states a Vote4Health YouTube video created by Ronald E. McNair Middle School sixth grade students that was played at the opening of last Thursday’s Health Advocacy Night.

These young health advocates have been working with HealthSTAT leaders over the last few months to learn more about being healthy and how to take charge of their own health needs.

Teacher Amy Bryson stands with her sixth grade Health Leadership Group as they receive a round of applause for their event drawing in over 65 people from their community to discuss access to health care.