GBPI recently hosted its Fall Policy Forum, Expanding Health Coverage in Georgia. Nearly 200 supporters joined us for a discussion around the benefits of the Medicaid expansion. Conference attendees heard from two nationally renowned health care experts who recently authored groundbreaking studies that highlight the substantial benefits of Medicaid coverage: Dr. Heidi Allen and Dr. Benjamin Sommers.
The findings from these studies were insightful and should inform Georgia leaders about the positive outcomes and opportunities that would result if we chose to expand Medicaid. There are tremendous spillover effects to our economy, not just from the influx of federal dollars, but it will create jobs, improve access to healthcare for more than 500,000 uninsured Georgians and spark other kinds of non-health care related spending. These are all good things that grow our economy and help Georgians with improved health and financial security. Not to mention, as Dr. Sommers’ study showed, Medicaid expansion saved lives.
If you missed the conference, or would like a recap, please click here.