Tue., November 8, 2011 2:25pm (EST)

State Medicaid Funds Drop
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
As states lose stimulus funding to help pay for Medicaid many are looking at ways to cut costs. Georgia is no exception.

In 2009 and 2010 the federal government gave states extra money to help pay health care costs for the poor. In June that money expired. A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds states are doing different things to reign in costs.

In Georgia health care providers will get smaller reimbursements from Medicaid while consumers will pay more for certain drugs. But Kaiser’s Robin Rudowitz says Georgia will actually increase money for pregnant women and the disabled.

“There is a continued focus on moving from institutional care to more long-term care that’s delivered in the community.”

In all, Georgia received nearly 1.4 billion dollars in stimulus funds for Medicaid.