Medicaid expansion advocates staging mass rally at Capitol

1/10/2014, 6 a.m.

The group Moral Monday Georgia is staging a mass rally at the State Capitol on Jan. 13 to pressure Gov. Nathan Deal and the state to expand Medicaid immediately to provide health coverage for more Georgians.

The rally takes place from 4 to 6 p.m.

The statewide coalition of community, labor and faith-based organizations will offer workshops on lobbying starting at 10 a.m.

The Georgia Legislature’s 2014 session resumes on Monday.

Organizers say Medicaid expansion has the potential to provide access to health insurance to 650,000 low-income Georgians, prevent more than 3,600 deaths each year, and create nearly 70,000 more jobs for the state.

A 10 a.m.-to-noon session will train individuals and stakeholders how to lobby their representatives. It takes place in the Capitol Mezzanine, 206 Washington St. S.W. in Atlanta.

After a bag lunch at noon, workshops with the Rev. William Barber from NC Moral Monday will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Enrollment help to register for coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be available at Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St. S.W.

The Medicaid expansion mass rally takes place in front of the State Capitol on Washington Street. There will be guest speakers and music.

For more information, emailinfo@moralmondayga.org or visit www.moralmondayga.org.