Georgia might miss out on Obamacare savings | Online Athens

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Georgia might miss out on Obamacare savings | Online Athens

Depending on who’s doing the numbers, Georgia’s cost to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act has been projected at $2 billion to $4.5 billion over 10 years.

But there has not been a publicly available breakdown of potential savings in current state and local spending under an expansion of the government health program.

Those savings would come largely from the federal government paying for much of the cost of prisoners’ hospitalizations; community behavioral health services for many low-income adults; and a Medicaid program for people with high medical costs. The feds will pay 100 percent of such costs in the first three years and 90 percent thereafter.

These savings “are flying under the radar” in the current debate about the costs of expansion, says Tim Sweeney, health care analyst for the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI).

The U.S. Supreme Court last year, in its one significant weakening of the Affordable Care Act, made Medicaid expansion more of a choice for states than a requirement. So far, Georgia is among the states with no plans to pursue expansion.

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