After two years of receiving a bonus, Georgia is not included in the latest round of federal performance awards for enrolling eligible children in government health insurance programs. A state qualifies for a federal bonus by implementing procedures to simplify enrollment and renewal to ensure that all eligible children have easier access to coverage under Medicaid and CHIP, which in Georgia is known as PeachCare.
The percentage of Georgia children who are uninsured has declined, but the state still has the fourth-highest number of kids without coverage, according to a report released Wednesday. In raw numbers, Georgia has nearly 220,000 children who are uninsured, trailing only Texas, California and Florida, said the report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families. All three of those states have much higher populations than Georgia.
People who receive government-subsidized health care could deal with higher co-payments this fall. It's an effort to save the state millions of dollars. The proposal would raise co-payments for Medicaid and for the first time require co-payments for Peachcare services.
The debate over how to raise the federal debt ceiling could have big repercussions in Georgia. Political experts say, any deal to raise the limit likely would include big cuts to federal spending. Georgia relies on federal spending for everything from road construction to energy assistance.
Georgia won't be one of the fifteen states to get a federal bonus for enrolling more kids in Medicaid and Peachcare. Public health advocates say the state could do a better job getting eligible kids publicly funded health insurance.