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 hundreds of thousands of Georgians uninsured and without access to quality, affordable health care, contributing to Georgia having some of the worst health outcomes in the country.
Medicaid expansion is more popular than ever, with a majority of Georgians supporting it. It is also fiscally sound – if Georgia were to expand Medicaid now, the state would receive enough federal funds to cover 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.
“Study after study shows that Medicaid expansion saves lives, plain and simple. Georgians need reliable, quality health coverage to stay well, but so many in our state continue to go uncovered because of Brian Kemp and Georgia Republicans’ stubborn refusal to expand Medicaid,” said Rebecca Galanti, spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Georgians deserve leaders doing everything they can to increase access to care and improve health outcomes in our state – not politicians like Brian Kemp, who is ignoring the overwhelming majority of health experts and refusing to expand a program proven to prevent deaths and improve health. The science is clear: Kemp and Republicans’ failure to expand Medicaid is not only disgraceful – it’s inhumane.”
FAST FACTS: Medicaid Expansion Would Improve Health Outcomes in Georgia
Georgia Has Some of the Country’s Worst Health Outcomes Without Medicaid Expansion
Medicaid Expansion Would Improves Georgians’ Health
Medicaid Expansion Would Prevent Premature Deaths