Medicaid is a highly utilized joint state and federal program that provides health care to millions of Georgians. Currently, eligibility for Medicaid is determined by need, and federal funds are tied to reimbursement rates for health care costs associated with eligible individuals.
There are several policy proposals to cap federal Medicaid spending either through a block grant program or by providing states a fixed per enrollee reimbursement. Such federal proposals would likely limit the state’s receipt of federal Medicaid funds, and areas of the state with more dependence on the program are more likely to feel the impact of any such efforts.
The following interactive maps, created by Selma Dogic, take a closer look at the Medicaid program in Georgia. They expand on a previous piece written by Peter Bluestone.