Georgia is one of 21 states that have decided NOT to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But the Medical Center of Central Georgia says they want the General Assembly to reconsider that next year.

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You've heard of the so-called coverage gap. It's expected to affect thousands of Georgians and their access to insurance.

The Medical Center of Central Georgia says they want the General Assembly to reduce that number.

Georgia is one of 21 states that have decided NOT to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

But the Medical Center of Central Georgia says they want the General Assembly to reconsider that next year.

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the choice by Governor Nathan Deal leaves what they call a coverage gap of 409,000 Georgians.

They make too much money to qualify for Medicaid under the current rules but not enough to qualify for tax credits through the new federal insurance marketplace.

Rhonda Perry, Chief Financial Officer of the Medical Center, today urged Bibb County legislators to reconsider expanding Medicaid.

Otherwise, she said, that coverage gap will send thousands of uninsured people to their doors.

"We are asking the state to consider the expansion of Medicaid sooner than later because there is federal money for the state and the impact it's having on the healthcare industry," Perry said. "Not just the medical center all hospitals in Georgia that treat a large number of medicaid and uninsured are facing the same cuts we are. It only leads to having to reduce services, layoffs, or have reduction of people when those obligations aren't met which in turn affect the taxpayer roles and the ability to pay taxes."

Failing to expand Medicaid coverage would cost the Medical Center $11 million in the coming year and $109 million over the next 10 years.

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