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Georgia Takes Legal Action Against Federal Government Over Denied Medicaid Program Extension

The State of Georgia has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over denial of a five-year extension of the state’s limited Medicaid program. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Georgia Pathways in October 2020 during the Trump administration.

The program provides coverage to Georgians with incomes up to 100% of the Federal Poverty Level – a lower threshold than the Affordable Care Act which covers those with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level. While the state won its initial suit against the Biden administration when they rescinded the program’s approval in 2021, the White House denied an extension, which brought the latest suit. Georgia Democrats have been pushing for the state to fully expand Medicaid coverage.

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