Hundreds of thousands of Georgians are in need of quality health care. While some lawmakers believe that expanding our state’s Medicaid program will provide access to that care, doing so would bear serious unintended consequences.
In fact, Medicaid expansion would place at risk the very Georgians the program was designed to protect – the truly vulnerable who depend on Medicaid now – in favor of able-bodied adults.
There is a better way.
State lawmakers could significantly expand access to care for more Georgians by taking steps to expand telemedicine, provide direct primary care, and reform scope of practice laws.
Expanding telemedicine would allow consumers to use technology to access a wide variety of medical services that may otherwise stand out of reach. Similarly, providing Georgians with direct primary care would allow doctors to focus more on the needs of patients, rather than that of insurers. Providing health care providers like nurse practitioners and physician assistants with expanded scope of practice would allow them to better serve patients.
Urge lawmakers to reject Medicaid expansion and instead pursue common sense reforms to expand access to quality health care!