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Quality Healthcare Access Study: Proposed Policy Alternatives

August 31, 2016
By Georgia Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Policy Committee

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce's three proposal's to expand Medicaid are known as the "Georgia Way."

Health Care News reported in its December 2016 print issue:

“Alternative 1” would expand Georgia’s Medicaid program to include all people with incomes less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) who do not currently qualify for Medicaid, the Chamber’s study states.

Alternatives 2 and 3 would make between 600,000 and 700,000 able-bodied people with incomes less than 138 percent of FPL, which in 2016 is $16,242, newly eligible for Medicaid.

The third alternative resembles a form of Medicaid expansion known as the “private option,” adopted by Arkansas in 2013. Iowa tried a similar model and abandoned it in 2015. Medicaid expansion by private option gives newly eligible enrollees state and federal funds to purchase commercial insurance, or qualified health plans (QHPs), on a state’s Obamacare exchange.

Alternative 3 would make taxpayer-funded QHPs available to Georgians with incomes between 100 percent and 138 percent of FPL, including individuals who currently have employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI).

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