Georgia’s governor and many state Republican leaders have been opposed to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But one GOP lawmaker says the Georgia Senate could soon take another look. However, he says if the state does move forward it would be on its own terms.
State Senator Chuck Hufstetler (R- Rome) says this legislative session he thinks Senators will discuss and hold hearings on whether Georgia should create its own proposal.
“I think there’s a significant interest in exploring these plans on the Senate side.”
But he says any plan Georgia would adopt would include ideas that would be more palatable to conservatives.
“There’s going to be work requirements, possibly copayments, wellness care requirements that we would look at to make sure that we can craft a plan that would provide these people access to healthcare, but encourage it to be of a short-term nature while they move into better positions in their own economic growth.”
But some Republicans say even if the state comes up with its own plan, they’re still opposed to Medicaid expansion. That’s the case with Senator Judson Hill (R- Marietta).
He believes the state can’t afford to put more people on its Medicaid rolls.
“I don’t think we should move into a program that by every account is flawed and potentially twice as expensive as initially projected and brings worse health care options to the people we’re trying to help.”