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Stacey Abrams hopes Medicaid Expansion can be a winning issue in rural Georgia

In reality, Abrams could not extend Medicaid "on day 1", which she likes to say – and probably not even…

In reality, Abrams could not extend Medicaid “on day 1”, which she likes to say – and probably not even during her first year at the office. The state legislator, who has to agree on it, will almost certainly remain under Republican control. And leadership is likely to remain permanent, despite the fact that a number of members, especially in rural areas whose hospitals are at risk, can begin to express more support.

However, Mrs Abrams, who last year served as a minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, insists that the legislator will have no choice but to accept the Medicaid expansion for a long time.

“Most hospital closures are in Republican districts and they know there must be a solution,” she said in an interview. “I think there are real political consequences, as well as the moral and physical consequences that have been in place for so long. They can read surveys as well as possible.”

Since 2014, the Affordable Care Act has allowed states to provide Medicaid adult coverage with income up to 138 percent of the poverty rate, or $ 16,642 for a single person. Currently, adults who are not elderly or disabled can not qualify for Medicaid in Georgia unless they have small children and small incomes – for example, $ 7,400 a year for a family of three. The state has more uninsured people – almost 500,000, according to an estimate – who would be eligible for Medicaid during expansion than anyone other than Texas and Florida.

Mr. Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State, has echoed the outgoing governor, Nathan Deal, even a Republican, rejecting the Medicaid expansion as being too expensive.

Abrams charges any cost to Georgia at nearly $ 300 million a year, but is compensated by savings in charity and other areas; Republicans say it can be over $ 450 million. For some country voters, Kemp’s message tells more.

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