Medicaid Proposal Could Cost Ga. Billions of Federal Dollars
(AJC) — A GOP proposal to transform Medicaid into a block grant program could cost Georgia billions of dollars in projected federal spending, which some groups fear will cut access to health care for thousands of the state’s neediest residents. The state could see a $47.6 billion cut in federal funding from 2012 to 2021 if the new health care law is repealed and Medicaid became a block grant, a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured shows. Proponents of the concept, including Gov. Nathan Deal, say giving a lump sum for Medicaid would allow states to find innovative solutions to improve care and better control costs with fewer federal rules. The proposal is part of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to trim $5 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years.