Medicaid was enacted as a cooperative venture between state and federal governments to provide medical care to low-income families. Participation was made elective on a state-by-state basis, and, unfortunately, the Georgia legislature has chosen to make Medicaid out-of-reach for most Georgia low-income families.
Two laws intended to make Medicaid expansion difficult in the Peachtree State were passed during the 2014 legislative session. The first bill prohibits the expansion of Medicaid benefits without legislative approval, while the other bill prohibits state and local employees from advocating for Medicaid Expansion. While certain politicians, including Gov. Nathan Deal, have been urging expansion of Medicaid coverage, nothing has happened, and Medicaid coverage in Georgia has not expanded. Many opponents of Medicaid expansion claim that such programs will bankrupt the state, but the state pays only 10% of the costs, with federal reimbursement paying the balance. Even this minor expense would be offset by savings in other areas of health care.