Presentation: Tim Sweeney, Director of Health Policy, Georgia Budget & Policy InstituteOctober 31, 2013 | The Carter Center | 2013 Fall Policy Forum
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More than 140,000 uninsured Georgians in rural communities could get health coverage through Medicaid in 2014 if Georgia expands eligibility. That is about half of all uninsured adults under 65 in Georgia’s 109 rural counties. Download the fact sheet.
Georgia is budgeting about $4 billion for health care in 2014, the second largest category of state investment. More than half of that is for Medicaid and PeachCare. People enrolled in the Aged, Blind, Disabled Medicaid program account for the bulk of the spending. The health care section also explains… [Read more]
If Georgia expands Medicaid in 2014, nearly 25,000 uninsured veterans and 7,000 of their spouses could get health coverage. That could mean nearly 45 percent of Georgia’s uninsured veterans and more than one-quarter of their uninsured spouses could get health coverage. Download the fact sheet.
State officials claim Medicaid expansion is unaffordable by overstating the real cost of covering newly eligible Georgians. State estimates claim it will cost $4.5 billion to expand Medicaid. But the official estimate includes more than $2 billion of future costs that are not caused by Medicaid expansion. Removing cost increases… [Read more]
Georgia’s Investment Does Not Keep Pace With Growing Needs
The governor’s proposed budget includes about as much general fund support for Georgia’s public health programs as it did in 2001. Meanwhile, Georgia’s population grew by 21.2 percent from 2000 to 2012, a rate nearly twice that of the country as… [Read more]
Department of Community Health Plan Underfunds Medicaid
The governor’s budget recommendations may not include enough funding to cover the health care needs of Georgia’s growing population in the next two years. Because the original 2013 budget fails to include enough money to pay for new Medicaid and PeachCare patients expected… [Read more]
The Georgia hospital provider fee, or Medicaid assessment, expires on June 30, 2013. The following answers to some frequently asked questions will help you understand the fee’s purpose and the ramifications if lawmakers allow it expire. Download the fact sheet.
Georgia’s public health challenges such as obesity, infectious disease and low birthweight continue to increase in importance, but Georgia’s per-capita investment in public health programs has declined in recent years due to a shrinking state funding commitment coupled with a growing state population. Download the full report.
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The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities was established as a stand-alone agency beginning in FY 2010 (July 1, 2009) after the break-up of the Department of Human Resources. While Georgia’s programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs sustained cuts in FY 2009 along with other… [Read more]