Georgia has not yet taken advantage of federal funds to provide health insurance coverage to low-income Georgians through Medicaid expansion or an 1115 Medicaid waiver. Approximately 240,000 Georgians remain stuck in a coverage gap because they are not eligible for Medicaid under current rules and do not earn enough money to qualify for financial assistance through the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace. Georgia stands to lose billions of dollars in federal funding and economic activity if the state does not expand access to Medicaid coverage for our lowest-income population. Georgia Watch supports closing the coverage gap by expanding Medicaid coverage in the form of an 1115 Waiver to all Georgians below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
Past Georgia Legislation: In 2018, House of Representatives Minority Leader Robert Trammel filed House Bill 669. The health subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on this Medicaid expansion bill on March 20, 2018. Unfortunately the bill did not advance during the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.