New study by the Kaiser Family Foundation says states are taking different steps to cope with loss of Medicaid funds. Stimulus money helped fund shortfalls in 2009 and 2010. Georgia received $1.4 billion in last two years.
Medicaid spending is one of the areas targeted in negotiations over reducing the federal budget deficit. Health care advocacy group Families USA says a 5 percent reduction in Medicaid funding could put $670 million in economic activity and 5,800 jobs at risk in Georgia. Georgia will spend nearly $7.5 million in federal and state money on Medicaid this fiscal year to serve roughly 1.5 million Georgians.