Georgia won't take up full Medicaid expansion anytime soon, lawmakers say

Georgia will not consider a full expansion of Medicaid in the near future, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Jan. 19. 

Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns said the state instead needs to focus on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's proposal to expand the program, which would require adults to work at least 80 hours a month to qualify for Medicaid coverage. 

The more limited expansion is slated to begin this summer. State officials estimate it will insure around 50,000 adults. If the state fully expanded Medicaid, it would insure around 400,000 adults, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. 

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