Medicaid waiver

Georgia Governor Unveils Medicaid Plan with Work Requirement

Nov 4, 2019
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp released a plan Monday to expand Medicaid to the state's poorest able-bodied adults, on the condition that they work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school.

Under Kemp's proposal, which is more limited than other states, uninsured adults in Georgia who make no more than the federal poverty level would qualify for Medicaid assistance if they spent at least 80 hours a month working, volunteering, training or studying. They would also have to pay monthly premiums.

The federal poverty level is just under $12,500 for an individual.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled a much-anticipated plan Thursday that aims to reduce premiums for residents who buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and give the state control of billions of dollars in federal health care funds.

The proposal could eventually lead to subsidies for cheaper coverage that doesn't include all the benefits required by the ACA.

The plan does not address Medicaid coverage. The Kemp administration is expected to release its Medicaid plans next week.

Georgia has selected Deloitte Consulting to help the state develop federal health care waiver plans.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Monday that Deloitte's proposal had a $1.92 million price tag, under the $2.6 million budgeted.

If approved by the federal government, a waiver could allow Georgia to adopt a more conservative expansion of Medicaid than is called for under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare".

Georgia is seeking proposals to develop a Medicaid waiver that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp says will make health care more affordable and accessible.

If approved by the federal government, the waiver would allow Georgia to expand Medicaid more conservatively than federal rules typically allow.

The Department of Community Health asked six consulting firms Monday to submit proposals for waivers addressing Georgia's Medicaid program and private health insurance. Officials are aiming to submit them to the federal government by the end of 2019.

2019 legislative session was 'big' healthcare

Apr 12, 2019
Georgia Health News

The Georgia state legislature has adjourned for the year, ending a session that put a lot of focus on Georgians’ health. This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss the bills that made it and how they will impact Georgia healthcare.