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.
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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.