Health Care

Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It

September 23, 2015
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and Georgians for a Healthy Future today announce the joint release of  “Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It.” In this three-part booklet you will find infographics, new data and compelling charts that simplify the complex issue of Medicaid in Georgia.… [Read more]

Missed Opportunity to Extend Health Care to More Georgians

April 2, 2015
Georgia is home to the fifth most residents without health coverage of any state according to 2013 data, the latest available. Despite this poor ranking, Georgia’s leaders continue to refuse new federal funding to close Georgia’s coverage gap. Accepting this money could extend health coverage to as many as 500,000… [Read more]

Health Plan Financial Challenges Remain if State Ends Coverage for Part-Time School Workers and Their Dependents

February 24, 2015
Georgia’s governor proposes in the 2016 fiscal year to eliminate State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) coverage for bus drivers, school nutrition workers and other “non-certified” school district employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week. This move could take insurance away from more than 21,000 people while leaving the… [Read more]

Overview: 2016 Fiscal Year for Department of Community Health

February 10, 2015
The governor’s proposed 2016 budget directs $2.45 billion to the Department of Community Health, not including money for agencies attached for administrative purposes. That is a $27.8 million decline from the 2015 budget approved last spring. The department operates nine programs, although more than 96 percent of general fund spending,… [Read more]

Medicaid Expansion a Shot in the Arm for Coastal Georgia

September 8, 2014
About 50,000 uninsured Georgians in the 10-county Coastal Georgia region could get guaranteed health coverage if Georgia accepts new federal money to expand Medicaid eligibility. That is about half the area residents between 18 and 64 without health coverage in 2012, the last year of available data. It’s the third… [Read more]

Medicaid Expansion Could Cover at Least Half of Working Age Adults in Most Georgia Counties

February 21, 2014
If you are an uninsured person who lives in Bibb County and earns less than $16,100, or are in a family of that makes less than $27,300 a year, you and about 52 percent of county residents like you could be eligible for Medicaid under new expansion guidelines. That’s if… [Read more]

Adding Up the Net Cost of Medicaid Expansion – $353 Million for 10 Years

February 18, 2014
If Georgia expands Medicaid today, more than $33 billion of new federal funding will flow to the state over the next 10 years, which would generate about $1.8 billion in new state revenue during the decade, according to forecasts from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office and a recent Georgia State University… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year for Medicaid and PeachCare

January 22, 2014
The governor’s budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year adds a net increase of $143 million more than 2014 in new state money for Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs, which are administered by the Department of Community Health. The state plans to spend $2.9 billion to pay for health care… [Read more]

Medicaid Expansion: Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Access to Care

November 1, 2013
Presentation: Tim Sweeney, Director of Health Policy,  Georgia Budget & Policy InstituteOctober 31, 2013 | The Carter Center | 2013 Fall Policy Forum Download the presentation.[Read more]

Rural Georgians Stand to Benefit Most from Medicaid Expansion

November 1, 2013
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.[Read more]