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POWDER SPRINGS, GA. Amerigroup Georgia brought its statewide "Repack the Backpack" initiative to Powder Springs earlier this month, distributing hundreds of complimentary school supplies, including notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, binders, paper, and other essential items to local students and families.
Amid record-high back-to-school spending, averaging $890 per family according to the National Retail Federation, many students find their supplies running low in the new year. Recognizing this annual challenge, Amerigroup’s Repack the Backpack initiative aims to help families replenish necessary supplies during the second semester, so students focus on their schooling without interruption.
“Our back-to-school programs are about more than giving out school supplies. We are boosting kids’ confidence and promoting educational equity by ensuring more universal access to supplies for academic success,” said Mel Lindsey, President, of Amerigroup Georgia. “Education is a critical social driver of health. As part of our ongoing commitment to the whole health of our neighbors across Georgia, we are proud to offer support and resources that empower students to concentrate on their learning, ultimately contributing to happier, healthier lives.”
Additionally, Amerigroup employees were onsite to provide attendees with resources and information to maintain their healthcare coverage. The ongoing Medicaid "unwinding" process in Georgia poses challenges for almost 2 million Medicaid recipients statewide, with nearly 390,000 enrollees affected up to October 2023 due to ineligibility or procedural issues.
In response, Amerigroup continues to proactively engage with members across the state, partnering with local agencies and community organizations, disseminating Medicaid renewal kits, and providing assistance to healthcare providers.
To manage your Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids® coverage, use the following resources:
Update your contact information at https://gateway.ga.gov/access/ Learn about Medicaid renewal and its impact on your health coverage at https://www.amerigroup.com/staycovered If you’re facing potential loss in coverage, learn more about Georgia Pathways to Coverage program at https://dch.georgia.gov/georgiapathwaysbackpacker

About Amerigroup Georgia
Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia helps improve healthcare access and quality for more than 500,000 low-income Georgians by developing innovative care management programs and services. Members are assured care that is not only accessible but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated, and patient-centered. Amerigroup Georgia provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care. Through health education programs, members are empowered to choose and sustain a healthy lifestyle. For more information about Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia, visit www.myamerigroup.com/ga