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Why details of Georgia's sought-after Medicaid 'experiment' may be driven underground

ATLANTA (WTOC) -

Earlier this month, Gov. Nathan Deal signed a $21 billion budget bill that included language authorizing the Department of Community Health to negotiate a Section 1115 waiver with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With the object of drawing down more Medicaid funds.

Other states have used that particular waiver to pursue the expansion of Medicaid. Georgia officials say they wouldn't — that they would be pursuing the cash to fund an experimental hub-and-spoke system of hospitals, including Grady Memorial, to keep the uninsured from bankrupting those health care institutions with unpaid bills.

Certain Republicans remain suspicious. Last week, state Rep. Jason Spencer obtained an opinion from Attorney General Sam Olens' office stating that a budget bill can't be used to change established state law — i.e., HB 990. The missive was essentially a threat of court action if state officials proceeded.

Read more: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/05/30/why-details-of-georgias-sought-after-medicaid-experiment-may-be-driven-underground/

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