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June 12, 2014

Help us celebrate Consumer Champions!

Our Annual Gala and Consumer Champion Celebration is on

September 18, 6-8PM, at the home of

Elena Parent and Briley Brisendine.


We are delighted to announce this year's Consumer Champions:


Champion for Access to Civil Justice

Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, Chair, Judiciary Committee, for coming out strongly against a Senate bill that would have taken away Georgian's constitutional right to trial by jury for medical malpractice.


Champion for Safeguarding Personal Finance Protections

Rep. Josh Clark, R-Buford, for sponsoring a bill that protects children from identity theft.


Champion for Healthcare Access

Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, Vice Chair, State and Local Governmental Operations Committee, for speaking out in favor of Medicaid expansion.


Champion for Consumer Energy

Rep. Mike Dudgeon, R-Johns Creek, Vice-Chair, Education Committee, for sponsoring legislation that will give Georgia homes, businesses, churches, schools and military bases the freedom to save money through financing options that reduce the upfront cost of solar installations. 


We are proud to recognize these Consumer Champions at the Gala on September 18! Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.


To learn about 2014 Gala sponsorship opportunities, contact Liz Coyle at or 404-525-1085.

Join the Georgia Watch Team

Consumer Empowerment Workshop Our extraordinary Director of Community Education, Karla Johnson, is leaving Georgia Watch to join Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's administration. Please join us in thanking Karla for her great work on behalf of Georgia consumers and wishing her well in her new role.


We will be filling this important position as soon as possible. For the job description and application requirements, click here.


Georgia Watch Issues Review of 2013 Supreme Court Decisions  

Georgia Watch today released its sixth Court Watch Report analyzing consumer-related decisions issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia. Court Watch is a program of Georgia Watch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed to strengthening the rights of consumers. Court Watch aims to publicize important consumer-related decisions by the Supreme Court of Georgia and Georgia Court of Appeals.


This year's Court Watch Report serves two main goals: 1) informing the public of recent decisions affecting consumer law and 2) providing a preview of upcoming consumer law cases in the Georgia Supreme Court. Unlike previous Court Watch Reports, the 2013 Report contains cases still pending before the Supreme Court of Georgia. The Report also includes a select few cases that were decided in 2012 due to their significance and the fact that a 2012 Court Watch Report was not issued.


Click here to read the report.  

With grant from Georgia Health Foundation, Georgia Watch is working to expand access to healthcare services

The Health Access Program at Georgia Watch received a grant in October 2013 from the Georgia Health Foundation to write a comprehensive policy report on the current status of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Georgia. The Health Access Program at Georgia Watch works to ensure that all Georgians have access to safe, quality and affordable healthcare, and we recognize that APRNs serve a critical role in treating patients and improving access to healthcare services in our state.


The United States is currently experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians. The shortage is particularly acute in parts of rural Georgia. For example, of Georgia's 159 counties, 25 of them lack a pediatrician and 34 have no obstetrician (Georgia Health News, October 7, 2011, Mental health services are also lacking. Therefore, many patients in underserved areas depend on other health professionals, such as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), for their healthcare. APRNs include nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists. Each of these nurse professionals has a master's degree with advanced

training in his or her area of expertise, as well as board certification.


Currently, there are legal and practical barriers in Georgia that interfere with APRNs' ability to practice to the full extent of their training and thus their ability to provide primary care to underserved populations. We intend for this report to inform future policy and advocacy efforts aimed at allowing APRNs to better serve their communities and expand access to healthcare services, particularly in rural and low-wealth areas of the state.


We are grateful to the Georgia Health Foundation for enabling our organization to closely examine this important healthcare access issue!