Feds approve Georgia health insurance changes sought by Kemp

Feds approve Georgia health insurance changes sought by Kemp


ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia will offer federally subsidized health insurance to its residents only through private brokers under a plan approved Thursday by President Donald Trump’s administration.

A separate part of the plan would offer Medicaid to some of the state’s poorest able-bodied adults, but only on the condition that they work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school.

Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services Administrator Seema Verma approved the waivers from normal federal law on Thursday on behalf of President Donald Trump’s administration during an appearance with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp at the Georgia Capitol.

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Under Kemp’s proposal, which is more limited than other states, uninsured adults in Georgia who make no more than the federal poverty level would qualify for Medicaid assistance if they spent at least 80 hours a month working, volunteering, training or studying. They would also have to pay monthly premiums.

Work requirements in other states have been approved by the Trump administration but

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