Georgia House Democratic Caucus to hold press event on Medicaid bill

The Georgia House of Representatives distributed the following media advisory on February 18…  

The Georgia House Democratic Caucus will hold a press conference on Senate Bill 106, or the “Patients First Act,” on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. on the South Wing Steps of the State Capitol.

House Democratic Caucus leaders issued the following statements on Senate Bill 106…

“Senate Bill 106 doesn’t go far enough,” said House Minority Leader Bob Trammell (D-Luthersville). “They have contorted it so that it will be more expensive, cover fewer people and take longer than Medicaid expansion. That’s the trifecta.”

“It is estimated that only 240,000 Georgians would qualify for healthcare coverage at 100 percent of the federal property guidelines mandated in the Medicaid Wavier Bill,” said House Minority Whip William Boddie (D-East Point). “If Senate Bill 106 does not include healthcare coverage up to the full federal poverty guidelines of 138 percent, the Medicaid Wavier Bill would fall very short of what is required to get healthcare coverage to Georgians who need it the most.”

“Senate Bill 106 fails to cover approximately 27,000 veterans that fall within the coverage gap, leaves 100,000 Georgians without access and could cost close to one billion dollars,” said House Minority Chairman James Beverly (D-Macon). “This is unacceptable for the citizens of Georgia.”