Monthly Archives: May 2014

Georgians can be proud of their generosity towards the vulnerable and needy of our state.  Individuals, churches, non-profits and governments dig deep to give relief to the less fortunate. In fact, state taxpayers provide $3 billion annually in healthcare services through Medicaid to one-in-six Georgians.  From covering 60% of the births in Georgia, to serving as de facto long-term care insurance for many, to providing end-of-life care in hospice, the state offers 117 categories of mandated and optional Medicaid services that range from cradle to grave. Fighting for people, though, does not mean Georgia should increase the income threshold to expand Medicaid.  The aftereffects would hurt far more people than it would help. Last year, Governor Deal wisely declined to expand Medicaid to those earning up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. Under expansion 650,000 individuals would be eligible for the Medicaid rolls.  Under expansion, 650,000 individuals earning up to $16,000 could enroll as well as any family of...READ MORE