Ga. faces $300 million-plus Medicaid shortfall

ATLANTA (AP) -- A state health official says Georgia's massive Medicaid program is facing a shortfall of more than $300 million in the coming fiscal year.

The Georgia Department of Community Health plans to ask state lawmakers for about $308.2 million to make up the gap for fiscal 2013.

Vince Harris, the agency's chief financial officer, updated board members on the situation Thursday.

The looming deficit comes at a time when the state health agency is also facing the addition of another 600,000-plus Georgians to its Medicaid rolls starting in 2014, as part of the program's expansion under the health care law.

Commissioner David Cook called the budget numbers "very daunting."


teelee 3 years, 2 months ago

What do you expect between all of the fraud and the absurd high prices for treatment. Socialized medicine is not the answer. Getting costs down all the way around so we can all afford it is the way to go. Somebody may have to actually choose between their cable TV and their healthcare. Funny how America's poor have cell phones, internet and air conditioning.


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