Partial Medicaid expansion passes the Georgia legislature

Georgia

Medicaid waivers have passed the Georgia legislature.  This will be a partial Medicaid expansion — not the full Medicaid expansion wanted by the Democrats.

A major win for Governor Kemp:  Medicaid waivers clearing the Georgia legislature. The Governor’s floor leader, Representative Jodi Lott, leading the charge

“Our intention to give affordable healthcare to every Georgian. This is a big picture debate. Healthcare is complicated. This is the first part this is one piece of the pie,” says Rep. Jodi Lott (R) Evans.

The Governor’s plan seeks to only expand Medicaid to cover up to 100% of the poverty line. That’s $12,000 per year, not up to 138% of the poverty line as Democrats pushed for which would have include those making 16,000 a year.

Republicans saying it’s ridiculous to not vote for their proposal to help some…just because it doesn’t help all:

The majority party pointing to affordability as well — saying waivers will bring down premiums:

Their bill passing, 104 to 67 — Lott saying it’s a win not just for Governor Kemp but for 250,000 more Georgians. 

The Governor is expected to sign that bill shortly.

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