Thousands of poor Georgians are trapped in governmental purgatory with no clue when — or whether — they may finally get health coverage. The culprit: a chronic disconnect between federal and state systems that is still festering nearly six months into the Health Insurance Marketplace’s operation.
About 90,000 people who applied for coverage on HealthCare.gov are potentially eligible for Georgia’s Medicaid program, the federal government has concluded. But, state officials say, the feds haven’t given them enough information about these individuals to verify that they actually qualify for Medicaid. Equally troubling, they say, is that the data they have is unreliable.
» MORE: Obama extends renewal period for noncompliant insurance policies
» SPECIAL SECTION: Obamacare in Georgia
» ARE YOU A PRINT SUBSCRIBER? Print subscribers also get access to premium content on MyAJC.com at no additional cost. Get more exclusive stories, photos, archives and interactive news on your computer, smart phone or tablet.
» IF YOU'RE NOT A SUBSCRIBER, click here and you can sign up for a one-day pass for 99 cents and get access to all of the AJC's premium content for 24 hours.