The president nixed that proposal back then. But Verma’s decision breathes new life into that idea - and could give the Kemp administration an opening that wasn’t available just days ago.
He unveiled a plan shortly after taking office to seek two separate federal waivers, including one that could pave the way to a partial Medicaid expansion. That measure has passed the Senate and is now pending in the House.
Kemp’s administration has budgeted $1 million to hire a consulting team to investigate the best option, mine statistical and population data, and begin the bureaucratic work of navigating the process with federal decision-makers in Washington.
If Georgia did a full expansion of Medicaid to all its poor, the state would only pay 10 percent of the cost, and the federal government would match the state’s input 9-to-1. Without the special match, the feds would now pay Georgia about 67 percent of the cost.