2011 

  • CEP successfully advocates for $5 million in assistance to help low-income customers with their winter heating bills through the LIHEAP program.
  • Georgia Watch works to strengthen Georgia’s ethics laws as part of the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform.
  • Georgia Watch creates the Health Access Program, which helps ensure appropriate and effective care for vulnerable populations through insurance oversight, patient advocacy, workforce development, and community partnerships.

2010

  • The Georgia Supreme Court rules unanimously that limits on jury awards in medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional. This victory for consumers follows years of Georgia Watch supporting greater access to the courts and filing an amicus brief challenging caps on non-economic damages.
  • Georgia Watch HAP releases four reports: its comprehensive Metropolitan Atlanta Hospital Accountability Project, Medical Debt in Georgia, The Affordable Care Act, and an analysis of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
  • Georgia Watch launches its Georgia Hospital Accountability Project, which is funded in part by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
  • Georgia Watch publishes the latest Court Watch report summarizing consumer cases decided by the state’s appellate level courts.
  • Georgia Watch protects patients’ rights by removing an immunity provision in a home healthcare bill (HB 1040).
  • Georgia Watch launches GaHAP.org, a website that provides a wide range of consumer-friendly information about hospitals, pricing, coverage, and low-cost options for care.
  • Georgia Watch defeats an attempt to remove the Public Service Commission’s authority to refund money back to telecom customers.
  • Georgia Watch introduces legislation to hold nonprofit hospitals accountable for state and local tax exemptions.
  • Georgia Watch reaches thousands of Georgians statewide through consumer education workshops and outreach.

2009

  • Georgia Watch establishes the Consumer Energy Program to advocate for consumers on utility rate cases and energy issues.
  • Georgia Watch fights hard against SB31, a bill that leaves consumers footing the bill for the pre-financing of two new nuclear units at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle.
  • Georgia Watch defeats SB 101, a bill that would have given some drug makers immunity from lawsuits filed by Georgia consumers if their drugs were harmful or deadly.
  • Georgia Watch Hospital Accountability Project (HAP) publishes two reports: Healthcare Affordability in Georgia and an analysis report on Floyd Medical Center in Rome.

2008

  • Board member Clark Howard leads Georgia Watch to another victory at the State Capitol with the passage of low-cost credit freeze.

2007

  • Georgia Watch launches the Court Watch fellowship, unique in its research and analysis of consumer decisions from Georgia’s appellate courts.

2006

  • Georgia Watch leads the first legislative effort to enact consumer protection laws in the car title pawn industry.

2005

  • Georgia Watch defeats the insurance industry’s first attempt to strip away consumer protections against price gouging in auto insurance.

2004

  • Georgia Watch and coalition partners oppose restrictions on patients’ rights to hold health care providers accountable for medical errors and abuse.
  • Georgia Watch helps lead an effort for final passage of Georgia’s ban on payday loans, considered a model for other states.
  • Georgia Watch launches the Insurance Company Accountability Network.

2003

  • With strong support and pressure from Georgia Watch and Georgia’s military, the state senate passes a bill to ban predatory payday lending statewide.