What's the Story on Medicaid Expansion?
- Current Status: Not Moving Forward At This Time
- Key Info: In August 2012, Governor Deal (R) announced his opposition to Medicaid expansion, which he has repeatedly reaffirmed. In May 2013, Governor Deal signed a resolution establishing a Joint Study Committee composed of 18 members appointed by the Governor and General Assembly charged, in part, with examining Medicaid expansion in Georgia. In its final recommendations, the Committee recommended awaiting greater clarity on the impact of the ACA before making policy changes. In March 2014, the General Assembly passed legislation preventing the Department of Community Health, the Board of Community Health, or other state officials from expanding Medicaid without legislative approval. If Georgia were to expand Medicaid, an estimated 588,000 Georgia residents would be newly eligible for the program by 2016.