Gov. Nathan Deal has for months argued that the state can’t afford to expand its already-strained Medicaid program to include at least 650,000 more Georgians. His administration, though, is quietly studying ways other states are expanding in case an alternative emerges.
The story you're reading is premium content from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can now also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
AJC Print subscriber - I've already registered my account.Sign In
AJC Print subscriber - I need to register my account for digital access.Access Digital
Read MyAJC.com now - 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyAJC.com all week - 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to AJC for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is closely following the effects of the Affordable Care Act in Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal has said the Medicaid expansion called for in the law is too expensive longterm and that the state will exercise its right to opt out. Advocates for the expansion say that wastes the chance for significant federal funding and leaves hundreds of thousands of Georgians without health coverage.