Better Georgia

Stop Gov. Deal from stripping 11,500 school employees of health coverage.

Tell Gov. Deal and state lawmakers that Georgians do not support taking health coverage away from school employees.

“Gov. Deal and Georgia lawmakers: We request that you do not eliminate health coverage for 11,500 public school employees, as you’re proposing in the new state budget.

Any part-time Georgia legislator who votes to strip health coverage from our bus drivers and cafeteria workers should first be willing to give up his or her own health insurance.”

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    After years of inflicting devastating K-12 budget cuts that have caused teacher furloughs and ballooning class sizes in Georgia schools, Gov. Deal has set his sights on new targets in public education --bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other non-faculty school employees.

    Buried on page 137 of Deal’s new budget proposal is a call to eliminate health insurance for “non-certified public school employees.

    Gov. Deal’s health care blockade is already preventing 600,000 uninsured Georgians from gaining coverage. If dropped from the state health benefits plan, many bus drivers and cafeteria workers will fall into the Medicaid coverage gap and have no access to health care.

    If Gov. Deal gets his way, the Georgians we entrust with safely transporting and feeding our kids won’t be able to go to see a doctor when they need to.

    Tell Gov. Deal and Georgia lawmakers that our school employees deserve better.