The Feminist Women's Health Center is partnering with other organizations, stakeholders and patient advocacy groups under the umbrella of Cover Georgia Coalition to advocate for the expansion of medicare in the State of Georgia. One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion allows insurance coverage to be extended to low income individuals and families. While in July 2012, The US Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid expansion was left up to the states. As a consequence, states like Georgia have declined federal funds to expand Medicaid for low income Georgians causing many to be fall into the coverage gap.
Here are ten reasons why Medicaid expansion is good for working women and families. The Kaiser Family Foundation just released a new report entitled, "The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis," and according to their report, with a 2.5 billion investment from the state over 10 years, Georgia stands to gain 33 billion in return. See the full report and other information including the executive summary and news releases.