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Healthy Minds and Bodies

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Why It Matters

The leading causes of school absences are asthma, oral health problems, and mental health challenges.
Voices believes access to quality healthcare and comprehensive insurance are vital for a child’s development. Children without coverage are more likely to have unmet health needs and lack a usual source of care.
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Where Georgia Stands

4th

highest uninsured childhood

population in the nation

127

children died by homicide in 2022, making it the second-leading cause of death for children aged 0-17

47%

of youth, ages 3 to 17, had difficulty getting the mental health treatment or counseling they needed

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Our Priorities

Highlights of Our Priorities

Increasing insurance coverage for children

Improving access to behavioral healthcare for children

Increasing healthcare access through school-based and other telemedicine programs

Promoting equity in health care coverage

Leading the Child and Adolescent Health Coalition

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Progress for Georgia's Kids

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It's easier for up to 70,000 uninsured children to get health care coverage.

During the 2021 Legislative Session, Voices helped secure the passage of House Bill 163. This bill directs the state to seek federal approval to allow parents or guardians applying for food assistance for a child (via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or "SNAP") to automatically gain Medicaid coverage for that child.

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Research

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