Tell state officials that Georgians deserve better!
The government’s approval of Governor Kemp’s Medicaid plan and the impending approval of his private insurance proposals puts thousands of Georgians at risk and without clear pathways to health coverage. It is likely that when both plans are implemented more Georgians will lose health coverage than gain it in the first year.
Everyone in our state should be concerned about the speed at which state leaders pursued these proposals, even in the face of steep opposition and compelling evidence that they will harm more Georgians than they will help.
Georgia’s approved Medicaid plan allows adults with incomes below the poverty line (about $12,000 a year for an individual or $26,000 for a family of four) to apply for Medicaid coverage but only if they can complete bureaucratic & unlawful paperwork each month to prove they are working. By a 9-to-1 margin, Georgians who commented on this proposal opposed it in favor of a full Medicaid expansion.
Governor Kemp’s plan to reshape private health insurance would result in thousands of Georgians uninsured or underinsured. Nearly 2000 people commented on this proposal, demonstrating overwhelming opposition.
When health insurance is more valuable than ever for the access to care and financial protections that it provides to families, state leaders would leave more Georgians uninsured. Tell state officials that Georgians deserve better!
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What is the "coverage gap" and what does Medicaid expansion mean for Georgia?
tate leaders have an opportunity to expand health coverage to hundreds of thousands of Georgians through federal waivers. While falling short of other proposals to expand Medicaid eligibility, waiver plans submitted by the Kemp administration could potentially extend coverage to every Georgian with income below the poverty line.
The majority of Georgians who stand to gain are working in low-wage jobs where they’re not offered health benefits. Every year state lawmakers fail to expand Medicaid, our state rejects $3 billion set aside to pay for health coverage and support rural hospitals. The time for expanding coverage is now.