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Fulton commissioners urging state to expand Medicaid
by Staff Reports
August 08, 2014 03:26 PM | 2005 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners Wednesday voted to urge Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Legislature to reduce the burden of county taxpayers by reconsidering their decision to not expand Medicaid to more than 400,000 low-income Georgians who earn too much for Medicaid, $15,000 a year for single adults but not enough to buy private insurance on the federal health exchanges. If Medicaid is expanded, the federal government will pay the full cost of expansion for three years and about 90 percent thereafter.

Thousands of uninsured Georgians who fall within the Affordable Care Act’s coverage gap receive healthcare services at Grady Memorial Hospital’s emergency room and clinics. The principal safety-net hospital “serving residents from almost all of Georgia’s 159 counties…”, the resolution notes “Fulton County provides more funding (for operating costs) at Grady Memorial Hospital than any other county in the state of Georgia, i.e., a current budgetary commitment of $50 million in 2014.”

District 5 Commissioner Emma Darnell said, “States like Arkansas and Kentucky who provided coverage to their low-income residents by expanding Medicaid under the act have seen a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to the Associated Press. Arkansas [is down] 10 percentage points and Kentucky [has dropped] 9 percentage points since 2013.”

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