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Georgia governor unveils Medicaid plan with work requirement

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FILE-In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 file photo, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp welcomes the Tour Championship golf tournament back to Atlanta before the first round, in Atlanta. Kemp plans to seek federal approval for a limited expansion of Medicaid that would require new enrollees to work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school. Kemp unveiled the plan on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/John Amis, File) Hide caption ATLANTA | Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp released a plan Monday to expand Medicaid to the state’s poorest able-bodied adults, on the condition that they work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school.

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.

The federal poverty level is just under $12,500 for an individual.

The governor’s office called the approach a “conservative reform” that reflects the state’s values as a place that “honors work” and “champions individual responsibility.” It would require approval from the Trump administration.

The Republican governor is pressing ahead despite legal challenges in other states. In March, a U.S. judge blocked work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky, ruling the measures undermined the Medicaid program’s mission of providing health care for the needy. A federal appeals court sharply questioned the work requirements during a hearing on the case last month.

The Trump administration has allowed […]

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