Georgia could be missing out on $35 billion in federal money over the next 10 years, according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. The group held a forum Thursday to discuss why the state could benefit from expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
The financial arithmetic from the Affordable Care Act could inadvertently undermine the safety net in Georgia, the CEO of Grady Health System said Tuesday. Grady’s chief executive, John Haupert, pointed to the health reform law’s removal of federal funding that hospitals receive for treating a large share of low-income patients.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has said the state can't afford to expand its already-strained Medicaid program to include 650,000 more residents, but his administration is studying ways other states are expanding their programs in case an alternative emerges.
Florida’s Governor has changed his mind about Medicaid expansion, which is part of the federal healthcare reform law, known as Obamacare. Governor Nathan Deal said Thursday he intends to stand firm on his decision not to expand Medicaid.
A new study projects that expanding Georgia's Medicaid health care program would cost the state about $2.5 billion over a decade while providing half a million uninsured Georgians with coverage. The nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that more than $33 billion in new federal money would flow into Georgia over a 10-year period.
Hospital officials and advocates for patients say Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid prescribed by the Affordable Care Act would leave thousands of the poorest Georgians uninsured.