Republican Inaction Preventing 646,000 Georgians From Gaining Health Coverage Through Medicaid
On Friday, July 30, the one in five Georgians who rely on Medicaid will celebrate the 56th anniversary of the landmark program, which provides health coverage to low-income adults and children. But Georgia Republicans’ continued refusal to expand Medicaid has left an additional 646,000 additional Georgians who stand to benefit from the program without access to quality, affordable health care.
Medicaid expansion is more popular than ever, with Georgians supporting it by 28 percentage points. It is also fiscally sound – if Georgia were to expand Medicaid now, the state would receive enough federal funds to cover the the cost of Medicaid expansion and then some.
Amid Georgia Republicans’ refusal to do the right thing, Democrats in Congress — led by Senators Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock and Representatives Carolyn Bourdeaux, Lucy McBath, and Nikema Williams — have introduced legislation to create a federal pathway for Medicaid expansion that bypasses Kemp’s inaction.
“While Georgia Republicans drag their feet, health care coverage for more than 600,000 Georgians hangs in the balance,” said Rebecca Galanti, spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “We could cover hundreds of thousands of Georgians at no cost to the state by expanding Medicaid, but Brian Kemp and Georgia Republicans are clearly more interested in political grandstanding than governing. Republicans’ stubborn refusal to expand Medicaid is morally and fiscally indefensible, and it is putting vulnerable Georgians at even greater risk during a once-in-a-generation pandemic. Come 2022, voters will remember that while Republicans put politics ahead of Georgians’ health and wellbeing, Democrats fought to give every Georgian access to high-quality, affordable health care.”
FAST FACTS: Medicaid Expansion Would Cover More Georgians