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November 10, 2016
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New Grant Awards
Surprise Billing Webinar
Military Consumer Protection
Hospital Safety Grades
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The Georgia Watch board and staff recently celebrated receiving two new grant awards to support our mission. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta awarded us a $35,000 competitive grant supporting community development impact. "These nonprofits receiving grants represent those doing strong work to address critical needs in our region," said Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, in announcing the awards.  We also received a $60,000 grant from the Energy Foundation to support our consumer energy work.
Upcoming Educational Webinar
It's not too late to register! You can register for this free webinar  here .
Protecting military Servicemembers from financial harm
In advance of Veteran's Day, Georgia Watch officially released the Georgia Military Consumer Protection Guide. In partnership with the Attorney General's Office, Georgia Watch developed this comprehensive guide for military Servicemembers and their families.

"Georgia Watch believes that providing this essential information to military personnel is paramount if we are to level the playing field for Servicemembers and their families in the Georgia marketplace," said Liz Coyle, executive director of Georgia Watch.  Read the full article and download the guide here>
Leapfrog Group releases new fall 2016 Hospital Safety Grades
New safety grades are out from The Leapfrog Group.  According to these grades, Georgia has 16 "A" hospitals, 15 "B" hospitals, 35 "C" hospitals, and six "D" hospitals. We congratulate Georgia's "A" hospitals for setting an example for the entire state and encourage all hospitals to make patient safety a top priority. Unfortunately, none of the hospitals graded in Atlanta received an "A" this fall.  However, we appreciate that more than half of our Atlanta hospitals completed at least portions of the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and commend those hospitals for their transparency and commitment to improving patient safety. The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade and information reported to the public in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey are valuable tools that consumers can use when trying to make informed decisions about where to get their care. You can find more tools for consumers on our website.
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