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Ga. Republican Leaders Concerned About GOP Health Bill

Mar 10, 2017

Some of the state's top Republican leaders said they have concerns about the Republican health care bill moving through Congress, and in particular a funding plan for Medicaid.

Under the Congressional Republican plan, states after 2020 would get a capped amount of federal funding based on how much a state spends per person on Medicaid. The Medicaid program insures low-income people and those with disabilities.

Compared to other states, Georgia spends very little on Medicaid. 

“We're very concerned about the bill as is, in terms of states like us that did not expand Medicaid seemingly are being punished, whereas states that did expand are being rewarded,” said Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Cagle made his remarks after a meeting of a group of state senators Friday to discuss health care changes happening in Washington. 

Georgia is one of 19 states that did not expand Medicaid, which would have made more people eligible to enroll in the program.

“We believe that hopefully our voices will be heard, some changes can be made, and obviously, we don't become net losers in this, that all citizens, not just in Georgia, but across the country are treated fairly,” Cagle said.

One of the two experts who testified at Friday's meeting said state should work to fix a part of the bill that allocates Medicaid funding.

“The way the calculations are done for what the per capita allotments may look like after 2020 are not good for Georgia,” said Jim Frogue, a partner at FrogueClark, a Washington public affairs consulting firm, and who was an advisor on President Donald Trump’s transition team.