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Georgia Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Georgia.

 

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov
www.eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org
www.AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243
www.dol.gov/whd

State Fair Employment Agency
Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity
404.656.1736
www.gceo.state.ga.us

Vocational Rehabilitation
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
800.282.7485
https://gvs.georgia.gov/

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Georgia Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
800.318.2596
www.healthcare.gov/

Health Insurance Consumer Assistance & External Appeals 
Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, Consumer Services Division
404.656.2070
www.oci.ga.gov/consumerservice/home.aspx

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
866.444.3272
www.dol.gov/ebsa

COBRA-Georgia
Georgia Department of Community Health
8600.436.7442
https://dch.georgia.gov/search?search=cobra

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
PeachCare for Kids
877.427.3224
https://dch.georgia.gov/peachcare-kids

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov
https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/coverage/ga

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

Georgia Department of Community Health
404.656.4507
https://dch.georgia.gov/

Georgia Health Insurance Premium Payment Program (HIPP)
404.656.4507
https://medicaid.georgia.gov/health-insurance-premium-payment-program-hipp

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
CCSP
https://dch.georgia.gov/sites/dch.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/17CCSP.pdf or call 866-552-4464

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicare

Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)
www.medicare.gov

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
GeorgiaCares Program: State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
800.510.2020
http://www.mygeorgiacares.org

More Health Insurance Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Georgia Department of Labor
404.232.3180
www.dol.state.ga.us

Agency: Georgia Department of Labor

Information is available at https://dol.georgia.gov/file-unemployment-insurance-claim. Initial filings can be made online: https://dol.georgia.gov/regular-unemployment-insurance-ui or at a Georgia Department of Labor Career Center. The minimum weekly benefit for 2020 is $55 and the maximum is $365, for a maximum of 20 weeks. Payments may be made via direct deposit or a debit card. A form for a claimant to keep track of weekly job searches can be found at the main website. Evidence of three job search contacts will be required for recertification each week. A claimant must register with one of two state workforce job search services. A comprehensive guidebook in English or Spanish is available here: https://dol.georgia.gov/document/unemployment-benefits/ui-claimant-handbook/download. The guidebook includes the formula for calculating weekly benefits, as well as specific eligibility requirements. Part-time workers are able to apply under certain circumstances, so long as they are making less than the weekly benefit. Customer service may be reached by phone at 404-232-3001 in the Atlanta metro area, and 1-877-709-8185 elsewhere.

Updates related to Georgia unemployment benefits and Covid-19: https://dol.georgia.gov/gdol-covid-19-information

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

Ga. Code Ann. §33-24- 59.1 – The statute provides that any health plan offering medical coverage to children must cover routine patient care costs associated with the child’s participation in a Phase II or III clinical trial. The child must be under the age of 19 when diagnosed with cancer.

The trial must test prescription drugs. Moreover, the trial must be approved by the U.S. F.D.A. or the NCI, and certified by the Pediatric Oncology Group, Children’s Cancer Group, or commissioner. (Current as of 7/2011)

Georgia Clinical Trial Agreement –The Georgia Cancer Coalition, a nonprofit corporation, has a voluntary agreement among insurers including: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, Coventry, Humana, Kaiser, OneHealth and United Healthcare to provide coverage of routine patient care costs for patients enrolled in Phase I, II, III or IV cancer clinical trials. In addition, the insurers must also pay for enrollees’ nationally recommended cancer detection screenings.

The treating physician must recommend the patient after it has been determined that the potential for a meaningful benefit exists. Second, the trial must either: (1) involve a drug that is currently exempt under federal regulations from a new drug application or (2) be approved by one of the following: (a) NIH, (b) NIH cooperative group or center, (c) U.S. Dept. of Defense, (d) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, (e) U.S. F.D.A or (f) any state IRB belonging to an accredited medicine, nursing, or pharmacy school. www.georgiacancer.org/treat-trials.php) (Current as of 7/11)

http://www.augusta.edu/research-admin/ocis/reviewoffice/documents/ga-cancercoalition-31jul09.pdf