Georgia Senate committee approves Medicaid waiver proposal

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) – A proposal to allow Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue Medicaid waivers from the federal government has been approved by a Georgia Senate committee.

The state Senate Health & Human Services Committee voted 9-4 Tuesday to approve a bill authorizing Kemp’s office to pursue the waivers. It now goes to the full Senate.

The waivers would give Georgia more flexibility in using federal health care funding. Kemp says they would improve health care access and decrease insurance costs. Democrats prefer a full Medicaid expansion as prescribed under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Georgia is one of 14 states that have not yet fully expanded Medicaid.

The expansion was initially intended to be nationwide, but a 2012 ruling by the Supreme Court effectively made it optional for states.

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