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How do proposed Medicaid changes affect me?

Georgia residents may be following the news around the governor's proposal to marginally expand Medicaid through a delayed waiver application process. The announcement was made recently-adults earning up to $12,000 a year could sign up for health care coverage. This would expand the program to around 50,000 people, provided they continue to work, complete job training and attend school.

Ever since the announcement was made, comments flooded the state's online system. They came from healthcare professionals, business interests and advocacy groups. While many argued that Medicaid expansion should be completed in full without a work requirement, others commented that it would be a good idea. While the comments can be used to influence public opinion, they also become a part of the legal record. Consumers express their needs in the process and they have proven to become stumbling blocks in other states. Additionally, it is a way for certain groups to express an impending legal challenge if the proposal is not withdrawn.

Georgia is one of the 17 states that has resisted expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and the governor continued to argue that it costs too much and fails to deliver. Objectors to the proposal claim that the proposed work requirements may make it harder for people to qualify and keep healthcare coverage.

As news progresses on the proposal and the state of Medicaid in the state, it is likely that individuals have questions about their eligibility or status of qualification. Those who require guidance or are unsure of where they stand should not hesitate from consulting someone with experience to understand how the proposed changes might affect them.

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