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Here’s Your Chance To Weigh In On Kemp’s Limited Medicaid Expansion — Again

On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp said he's standing behind his proposal to give teachers more money. However, some Georgia lawmakers have said this may not be the right time to give raises.
On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp said he's standing behind his proposal to give teachers more money. However, some Georgia lawmakers have said this may not be the right time to give raises.
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Interested parties now have another chance to weigh in on Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan for a limited Medicaid expansion.

The 30-day federal public comment period on the proposal opened this week and closes Feb. 7. It started Wednesday, shortly after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the state’s plan was complete.

That’s just over a month after the closure of a state-level comment period that involved a series of public meetings around the state. In the end, hundreds of individuals and interest groups provided feedback.

The proposal, which the Kemp administration formally submitted for federal review in December, would expand Medicaid health coverage to low-income Georgians who can meet certain community engagement requirements, such as working, job training, or taking college classes.

Administration officials estimate 50,000 people in the state would be able to meet the requirements. That’s just a portion of the hundreds of thousands of uninsured people in the state.

Applicants who meet the requirements would either be enrolled in traditional Medicaid or receive a subsidy to cover the costs of an employer-sponsored health care plan — whichever option costs the state less money.

You can read the state’s official plan submission here.

You can submit comments online via Medicaid.gov here.

Kemp also has plans to tweak the state’s Obamacare marketplace by establishing a re-insurance plan and severing Georgia’s ties with Healthcare.gov. The federal public comment period for that proposal has yet to begin.

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