During the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams chose Grady Memorial Hospital as the location to announce her health care plan, emphasizing the impact Medicaid expansion would have on public hospitals that care for the poor.
The hospital itself has walked a finer line.
Monty Veazey, a lobbyist for the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, said Thursday that his group also supported the statement. He said they agree with Democrats that Medicaid expansion would be good. But they disagree with the Democrats’ all-or-nothing approach.
“We’ve got to start somewhere,” Veazey said.
The Democrats’ biggest concern was a limit in the bill that would restrict the population covered by any Medicaid expansion to those who make up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $12,000 per year for an individual. Full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act would cover those who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or $16,000 per year.
“We hope that the governor will see his way to increase that (100 percent cap to 138 percent) so that we can cover more lives,” Veazey said. “We’re very supportive of it. I think it’s a beginning that we have not had in the past.”
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