Rise in Medicaid rolls has continuing impact on state budget
Continued growth in Georgia’s Medicaid enrollment accounts for much of the state budget increases that the Department of Community Health is seeking both for fiscal 2017 and 2018. In addition, the agency said Thursday that it’s starting a payment system next July that will penalize health insurers for not meeting medical... Read more
Medicaid expansion would be windfall for state, report says
For each dollar that Georgia would have to spend on Medicaid expansion, it would gain $8.68 to $9.42 in federal spending, a new study said Monday. The report from the Urban Institute analyzes the potential costs and benefits for the 19 states (including Georgia) that have not expanded Medicaid... Read more
Challenges to big Medicaid contract rejected again
After months of contract limbo, the head of a state agency has denied health insurers’ appeals of the selection of vendors in a multibillion-dollar Medicaid and PeachCare procurement. In a letter dated Friday, obtained by Georgia Health News, the commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services said he concurred... Read more
Study projects expansion’s big impact on Georgia uninsured
Up to 5 million more Americans would have health insurance coverage if the 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid were to do so in 2017, a new study says. Among those states, Georgia would see the third-largest drop in uninsured people under Medicaid expansion, a figure of 509,000,... Read more
Medicaid expansion: Much debated but still not studied in Georgia
With a troubled state budget, Louisiana is banking on an extra $184 million in savings. That’s the amount that Louisiana officials have projected the state would save by expanding its Medicaid program to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. The $184 million would offset some of Louisiana’s huge... Read more

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