Politics

A Primer On Georgia Medicaid And The GOP Health Plan

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. uses charts and graphs to make his case for the GOP's long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 9, 2017.
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Georgia Health News Publisher and CEO Andy Miller, speaking with Denis O’Hayer on “Morning Edition”

Top Georgia Republicans so far have been fairly quiet about the plan from U.S. House Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare).

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Gov. Nathan Deal, for instance, has said he favors a replacement for the ACA, but he wants to know more about how any new health insurance law would affect Georgia. In an interview with the news site Georgia Health News, the Governor said, “We just don’t want to be punished” by changes to the funding system for Medicaid.

Most people probably have a basic idea of what Medicaid is, a health insurance program for low-income and disabled patients, funded by the state and Federal governments.  But what may be less widely known is how many people rely on Medicaid, and how the state/federal funding arrangement works.

On “Morning Edition”, Denis O’Hayer got a Medicaid primer from Andy Miller, the CEO and publisher of Georgia Health News.