Federal figures show Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare enrollment jumped 16 percent since October – the highest percentage increase among states that have rejected the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Expanding Medicaid involves extending enrollment in the government program to many low-income people who had not previously been eligible.
As a group, the states not pursuing expansion saw enrollment in Medicaid and their Children’s Health Insurance Program rise by 4 percent. (The children’s program is called PeachCare in Georgia.) States embracing Medicaid expansion saw an average increase in enrollment of 18.5 percent since October, when open enrollment on the health insurance exchanges began.
The enrollment data from the Department of Health and Human Services, released Friday, are part of various studies underscoring the insurance changes created through the ACA. full story