Hundreds of thousands of Georgians are stuck without any affordable options for health insurance, and Georgia lawmakers have repeatedly rejected billions of dollars meant to pay for coverage. Each year we wait, Georgia misses out on $3 billion federal dollars; that’s more than $8 million Georgia loses every day. Meanwhile, rural hospitals are closing at an alarming rate across the state, largely due to the high uninsured rate in Georgia.
About 240,000 Georgians make too little to get financial help to buy health insurance on the Marketplace and don’t currently qualify for Medicaid. These Georgians are stuck in the coverage gap with no affordable insurance options because state leaders have turned down federal tax dollars set aside to pay for coverage. All told, expanding Medicaid would put a health insurance card in the pockets of 470,000 Georgians. Seven in ten Georgians think our state should expand Medicaid, according to an 11Alive poll.
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