Georgia's Kemp signs bill authorizing Medicaid waiver

(WTVC) - Georgia's Republican governor has signed legislation giving his office wide leeway to reshape the state's health care system.

Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed the "Patients First Act," authorizing the state to pursue a Medicaid waiver. If approved, a waiver could give Georgia the flexibility to expand Medicaid more conservatively than federal rules typically allow. The legislation caps eligibility for any expansion to those at or below the federal poverty level, limiting the number of Georgians who could ultimately be covered.


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