Group fighting state health insurance plan grows - CBS46 News

Group fighting state health insurance plan grows

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A group fighting to improve the health insurance plan of state workers now has nearly 10,000 members.

Teachers Rallying Against Georgia Insurance Changes (TRAGIC) formed just after the first of the year and said membership continues to grow.

"We don't have anything to lose by moving forward," said Sue McDonald, who retired last year after teaching for more than 30 years. "We have everything to gain."

This year, the state has offered 650,000 state workers only one health insurance plan with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In previous years, they had several choices.

McDonald recently had hip replacement surgery and said her health insurance does not cover the care she needs.

"A lot of physical therapy offices around the Canton area don't even take this insurance because it's so pitifully bad for them," McDonald told CBS Atlanta News. "The out-of-pocket expense for me is $1,500."

Other state workers have similar stories.

"It scares me," said Kimberly Snyder, who is expecting her first child. "I've been stressed out and been scared and what this means for my husband and I."

Snyder said she her monthly doctor's visit have skyrocketed from $35 per month to $430 under the new health insurance plan.

TRAGIC has called and emailed the governor's office. Members now plan to begin calling state lawmakers and ask them for help.

"It's not about having a pity party," said Snyder. "It's about what can we do to be heard and what can we do change this situation."

TRAGIC is planning a rally at the state Capitol in February.

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