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GAO Files Lawsuit Seeking to End Institutionalization and Confinement of Children in Georgia

Civil rights attorneys, including GAO staff, filed a class action lawsuit today charging Georgia officials with violating federal law for their well-documented, longstanding failure to provide mandated home and community-based mental health services to thousands of children who experience repeated, prolonged, unnecessary institutionalization and the avoidable harm associated with this confinement. Official press release here. Read the complaint...Full Story »

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No Surprises Act and Transparency in Coverage – GAO is a level funded plan. 

The Transparency in Coverage regulation requires insurers and group health plans to disclose in network and out of network rates on our website. GAO is a level...

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Georgia District Court Approves Class Action Settlement to Address Unconstitutional Conditions for Women in Regional Jail.

On April 4, 2022,  the  District Court for  the Northern District of Georgia approved a class action settlement to address unconstitutional conditions for women...

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COVID-19: Keeping People with Disabilities Safe – Part 4

In Part 4 (my final blog), you will find some of my favorite online COVID-19 resources. I hope you find them helpful as you move from sheltering in place to resuming...

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Last time we talked about the information you needed to provide to hospital staff if you had to leave your loved one with a disability in the hospital alone. We...

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#GivingTuesdayNow is today. Make a gift to support your neighbors.

We’re all feeling a lot of emotions right now. In the blink of an eye, we collectively embarked upon universal upheaval. If you’re looking for a way to stay...

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#GivingTuesdayNow is tomorrow, May 5! But you can make a gift today!

The COVID-19 pandemic means more Georgians need help. GAO advocates are working overtime to meet the increased need. The world has changed immeasurably over the...

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COVID-19: Keeping People with Disabilities Safe – Part 2

Last week I presented information and resources on how be proactive in planning for an emergency situation during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. I hope many...

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COVID-19: Keeping People with Disabilities Safe

In this unprecedented time of COVID-19, people with disabilities are at heightened risk, more vulnerable than ever. Is there anything you can do to help someone...

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Cuts to your services? Make sure you file a timely appeal!