This timeline chronicles major developments in Georgia’s Medicaid program focusing on waivers 1115 and 1332.

 

Changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are included. The timeline also includes actions that directly and indirectly affect Medicaid beneficiaries in Georgia starting in 2021, and will be periodically updated as new developments arise.

2020

June 3, 2019
Medicaid   •   Private Insurance

The state picks Deloitte Consulting as the winner of an almost $2 million consulting contract to develop health care "waivers" for Georgia’s Medicaid program and the private insurance market.

March 27, 2019
Medicaid   •   Private Insurance

Georgia’s Governor signs SB 106, legislation that allows the state to pursue an 1115 waiver to make changes to Georgia’s Medicaid program that could include expanding coverage up to more poor adults and a 1332 state innovation waiver to make changes to private insurance in the state.

March 25, 2019
Medicaid   •   Private Insurance

The House passes SB 106 with no changes.

March 21, 2019
Medicaid   •   Private Insurance

The House Special Committee on Access to Quality Health Care holds a hearing on SB 106, the Patients First Act. Several Cover Georgia coalition members testify and emphasize the need for changes in the bill. The bill passes out of committee with no changes and awaits a vote to move to the House floor.

February 26, 2019
Medicaid   •   Private Insurance

After a long debate on Tuesday, the Senate passes SB 106 with no changes.

February 20, 2019
Medicaid   •   Private Insurance

The Senate Health and Human Services (HHS) committee meet to discuss and hear testimony on SB 106. The bill passes out of committee with no changes and awaits a vote to move to the Senate floor

February 13, 2019
Medicaid   •   Private Insurance

Senator Blake Tillery introduces SB 106, the Patients First Act. The legislation allows Georgia’s Governor to:

  1. Pursue an 1115 Medicaid waiverthat may extend Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes up to the poverty line. (This falls short of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.)
  2. Pursue at least one 1332 Innovation waiver to make changes to private insurance in Georgia. The legislation does not limit what changes may be made within the waiver plan

February 7, 2019
Medicaid   •   Private Insurance

Governor Kemp announces his intent to seek two health care “waivers.” The 1115 Medicaid waiver allows states to make changes to their Medicaid programs, including expansions of coverage for state residents. The 1332 Innovation waiver allows states to make changes to private insurance by altering the Affordable Care Act’s rules.

January 2019
Medicaid   •   Private Insurance

Governor Kemp submits his first budget recommendations which includes $1 million for the Department of Community Health “to review and analyze Medicaid waiver options” for consideration by the Governor’s office. This waiver could include a pathway to health coverage for low-income Georgians.

2019