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Friday, June 15, 2012 - 5:15am

Georgia Medicaid Short $300M

Updated: 2 years ago.
The Georgia Department of Community Health plans to ask state lawmakers for $308.2 million to make up for a budget gap in fiscal 2013 after Vince Harris, the agency's chief financial officer, updated board members on the situation Thursday. (Photo Courtesy of Surat Lozowick via Flickr.)

Georgia's massive Medicaid program is facing a shortfall of more than $300 million in the coming fiscal year.

The Georgia Department of Community Health plans to ask state lawmakers for $308.2 million to make up the gap for fiscal 2013 after Vince Harris, the agency's chief financial officer, updated board members on the situation Thursday.

The looming deficit comes at a time when the state health agency is also facing the addition of another 600,000-plus Georgians to its Medicaid rolls starting in 2014, as part of the program's expansion under the health care law.

Commissioner David Cook called the budget numbers "very daunting."

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