A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation points out that 409,350 Georgians will fall into the “coverage gap” if the state refuses to expand Medicaid (Table 2 in the report). Large federal subsidies will be available to assist families with incomes above the Federal Poverty Level purchase private insurance, which means that the number left uninsured if Georgia does not expand Medicaid is 409,350 instead of the 650,000 that most news organizations have reported. The Georgia Department of Community Health estimates these new Medicaid enrollees would cost more than $5,800 per person. For comparison, the average cost of uncompensated care for the uninsured is approximately $1,500 per person. (Source: Urban Institute)
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