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Uncompensated Care and An Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

June 12, 2013
By Kelly McCutchen

In this issue analysis, Kelly McCutchen notes that the current major health care debate in the states is whether or not to expand Medicaid.

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In this issue analysis, Kelly McCutchen notes that the current major health care debate in the states is whether or not to expand Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid under the inflexible federal regulations in place now would not be a good long-term decision for Georgia, but that doesn’t mean states shouldn’t propose a more effective alternative. The question should not be limited to whether to expand a specific program such as Medicaid. The question should be how to best provide access to quality health care to our poorest citizens in a way that is fiscally sustainable. Public hospitals provide care to anyone who comes into the emergency room, regardless of their ability to pay. So even if Medicaid did not exist, taxpayers and citizens would be paying for health care for the poor and uninsured.

Georgia absorbs millions in unpaid care.  What the state should do is structure its system, such that it is able, is something innovative: Georgia could offer low-income uninsured individuals and families a credit of $1,500 per person toward the purchase of private health insurance.
 
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