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Report: Georgia needs to do more to protect children's health insurance

Peachcare for Kids
Peach State Health Plan

A federal COVID-19 public health emergency allowed more people to qualify for Medicaid. States, including Georgia, received more federal funding, but a new report from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families says state leaders must do more to protect children's health care.

Leonardo Cuello co-authored the report.

"Georgia has not implemented 12 month continuous eligibility for children, which guarantees kids 12 months of coverage once they get enrolled," Cuello said. "And so what happens is some families get dropped after just a few months and their kids go uninsured."

The report names Georgia as one of six states where children are most likely to lose coverage when the federal protections are lifted.

Ellen Eldridge is a digital producer for GPB. She has previously worked as a breaking news reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The topics she most often writes about as a freelance reporter are mental health issues, crime and public safety. Ellen graduated Kennesaw State University magna cum laude in 2015 with a degree in communication focused on journalism.