Federal Court Decision Clears Way for Medicaid Waiver for Georgia

The Center Square quoted President and CEO Kyle Wingfield from our recent press release on Georgia’s Medicaid waiver.

‘This waiver was a well-considered effort to offer a path to health coverage for low-income Georgians in a better way than traditional Medicaid — exactly the kind of demonstration project that Section 1115 of the Social Security Act is meant to encourage,’ Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, said in a statement.

According to the state, Georgia Pathways expands Medicaid to roughly 50,000 ineligible Georgians. Under the program, which includes a work requirement for recipients, the state covers premiums for recipients with access to employer-sponsored insurance.

‘This kind of coverage offers them better access to more healthcare providers, which in turn should lead to better health outcomes,’ Wingfield added. ‘It also minimizes the disruption of changing plans should they earn more money and lose Medicaid eligibility, because they will already be on their employer’s plan. That eliminates a key disincentive for Medicaid recipients to seek higher wages and improve their finances.’ “

Read the full article at the Center Square here.

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