In late 2019, Governor Brian Kemp started the process of seeking a waiver to the Affordable Care Act from the federal government.
According to reports from leading healthcare and policy experts, his proposals fall short in providing adequate, affordable healthcare (Georgia Budget and Policy Institute report).
Federal officials are asking for public input before rendering a decision. It is important for Georgians to speak up and voice their concerns about the proposed plan.
According to Cover Georgia, The Governor’s plan is made up of two parts:
Reinsurance—which would help to lower premiums for health plans sold on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace (healthcare.gov) starting in 2022; and
The Georgia Access model—which would force consumers to enroll in coverage through profit-driven insurance companies and web brokers instead of the unbiased enrollment platform that consumers know & trust (healthcare.gov).
The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus suggest any state action on healthcare requires the inclusion of fully expanding Medicaid coverage to almost 500,000 Georgians without insurance.
Georgia one of only 12 states not to expand Medicaid. To pursue this, Georgia lawmakers would need to amend the Patients First Act to change the Medicaid income eligibility from 100 percent to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. With the additional federal money, Georgia could extend coverage to hundreds of thousands more people than under the proposed waiver.
The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) represents 65 members who serve in the Georgia General Assembly. Established in 1975, the GLBC has sought to protect the general welfare of African Americans, other people of color, and disadvantaged citizens of Georgia in matters of health and welfare, education, social and criminal justice, employment, and economic empowerment.
For more information about our organization, the members, legislative priorities, and other resources, I ask that you visit our website.
Our mailing address is:
18 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334