Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and Republican vying to become Georiga’s next governor said that Medicaid proposals from the Georgia General Assembly should include work requirements aligned with the Trump administration’s welfare-to-work requirements. The proposed requirements would increase Medicaid enrollment if work requirements are attached to the policy.
By increasing enrollment through work requirements to obtain Medicaid, this would directly expand participants in the program and would trigger a draw-down of federal dollars.
In the proposed Rural Development Committee’s recommendations to correct healthcare crisis in rural Georiga, the committee’s recommendations to include increasing the funding ration in Medicaid by increasing the reimbursement rate to hospital and providers in the rural areas. The recommendations from the Rural Development Council’s tout the increase in Medicaid enrollment saying it will help increase reimbursement structure thus increase the quality of care in the rural areas and profits for rural hospitals.
Cagle said in his press release that ” I have long believed that work requirements for benefits build good faith with the taxpayers who fund these programs. Georgia has taken the lead in combating entitlement abuse to ensure our citizens are able to provide for themselves and their families. There is dignity in all work, and we have seen great success with the work requirement programs we have advanced across our state.”
Cagle could be setting up a debate between potential conservative opponents running for governor as to whether this welfare-to-work type requirement is aligned with a conservative platform to not expand the state’s Medicaid system.
If Georgia increases Medicaid enrollment or expands Medicaid, at least 1.1 million able-bodied adults would be added to the program costing Georgia taxpayers $65.3 over the next ten years reducing resources for those that need Medicaid. States that have expanded enrollment in Medicaid are now paying the price, according to a Foundation for Government Accountability report.
According to Cagle’s news release, “Cagle’s Health Care Reform Task Force has advanced a legislative framework that includes bolstering the state’s existing work requirements through waivers to build on the state’s conservative, responsible approach to health care.”