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Teachers rally for better health insurance

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The steps of the Capitol were filled with nearly a hundred teachers asking Governor Nathan Deal to fix a healthcare system, they say, is broken.

The group is called T.R.A.G.I.C. which stands for Teachers Rally to Advocate for Georgia Insurance Choices. The group has grown to more than 14,000 members online since Jan. 2, of this year when it was founded by Ashley Cline.

"I founded it in my living room," Cline said. Cline believes this issue is more than paying more money for healthcare. She thinks it is putting people in danger.

"They don't want to use their healthcare because they are scared it is expensive, we have huge deductibles up front and that is the result," Cline said. "My husband is speaking on behalf of an administrator who ended up in the emergency room last week because he waited too long to see the doctor, he almost died."

Some teachers said they just won't go to see the doctor to avoid paying higher fees. But, teachers like Jennifer Ludlum, who is fighting an autoimmune disease can't miss a doctor visit.

"I have Multiple sclerosis, I am very well controlled. I go to the neurologist, I go to Shepherd Center and I take care of myself," Ludlum said. "If I didn't take care of myself I could end up on state wide disability. Then I am no benefit to anyone."

Governor Nathan Deal recently added $100 million to the State Health Benefit Plan to lower the cost to state employees and return to co-pays.

But, some teachers are still skeptical.

"We don't know what will happen when that goes into effect Mar. 14," Jennifer Hall said. "We haven't been told anything about what the changes will be. There was no choice and there is no way that one insurance type is going to fit every possible healthcare situation."

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