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Kemp, Georgia Health Officials Take First Step Toward Limited Medicaid Expansion

“By leveraging the private sector to develop waivers, Georgia will lead the way in health care innovation,” Gov. Brian Kemp said.
“By leveraging the private sector to develop waivers, Georgia will lead the way in health care innovation,” Gov. Brian Kemp said.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia health officials took the first step Monday in applying for a limited expansion of Medicaid.

It builds on a new law, Senate Bill 106, that could allow the state to draw down Obamacare dollars and cover more Georgians.

Kemp and the Department of Community Health are moving to hire a consulting firm to help the state apply for federal Medicaid waivers.

“By leveraging the private sector to develop waivers, Georgia will lead the way in health care innovation,” said Kemp. “As we move into the next phase of this process, we will continue to work closely with federal officials to develop the best options for Georgia patients and families.”

The firms must submit a proposal to the state that includes an explanation about how best to get more federal dollars for health care.

The state has asked six companies to participate in the process: Accenture, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McKinsey & Company, and Public Consulting Group.

They have until Friday to submit a letter of intent.

Then, the firms will have until May 20 to complete their proposals.

The governor included $1 million in the state budget for the consultants.

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