Deal: Georgia studying Medicaid expansion
by The Associated Press
May 23, 2013 12:00 AM | 539 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has said the state can’t afford to expand its already-strained Medicaid program to include 650,000 more residents, but his administration is studying ways other states are expanding their programs in case an alternative emerges.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that advocates of the expansion hope the review is a sign that Deal may be rethinking his opposition.

Deal’s aides said budget analysts are just doing due diligence to ensure their decision makes financial sense.

In an interview Tuesday with the Atlanta newspaper, the governor didn’t rule out ever reconsidering Medicaid expansion, but he said the door remains shut “for now.”

The issue arose earlier Tuesday when Deal’s health policy adviser, Katie Rogers, spoke at a Children’s Advocacy Network event.

Asked about the Medicaid expansion, she said analysts will run the numbers on a range of expansion models, including a novel approach embraced by Arkansas that has piqued the curiosity of conservative leaders. That plan would pay for new Medicaid enrollees to buy coverage from private insurers through a government-run marketplace expected to open in January.

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