Consumer alert: new health care markets on the way

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm •  Published: January 29, 2013
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Q: How many people in Georgia are currently served by Medicaid?

A: Georgia's Medicaid program serves more than 1.5 million people at a cost of about $5.8 billion to federal taxpayers and $2.6 billion to the Georgia treasury. The ACA makes it optional for states to raise income eligibility requirements to cover more people. The federal government would cover 100 percent of the new costs initially, with the match rate settling at 9-to-1, meaning the state would be responsible for 10 percent of the new costs. At the same time, the government would ramp down a separate program that uses state and federal hospitals to treat the uninsured. Deal says Georgia can't afford Medicaid expansion.

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Q: How many residents would qualify for Medicaid if Georgia accepted the expansion?

A: Analyses by the Urban Institute, Kaiser Family Foundation and Georgia Budget and Policy Institute have estimated an initial increase ranging from 600,000 to 700,000 people.

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Q: How much money has the state received so far from the federal government to do the initial work in setting up an exchange?

A: Before Deal announced his decision not to run an exchange, Georgia accepted a federal exchange grant of $1 million.