✦ Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Nov. 4 unveiled Georgia Pathways, his conservative answer to Medicaid expansion that proposes to extend health care coverage to certain low-income able-bodied adults if they work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school. Through the section 1115 demonstration waiver program, which has yet to be submitted to CMS for approval, an estimated 408,000 Georgians making less than 100% of the federal poverty level would qualify for health care, according to the Albany Herald. They would be subject to monthly premiums based on a sliding scale and could enroll in employer-sponsored insurance or Medicaid, whichever is more cost effective for the state, according to the report. Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Human Services is planning a “gentler approach” to Medicaid work requirements that involves asking people upon enrollment if they would like job training assistance, reported Kaiser Health News. The program’s contracted managed care organizations would then be responsible for connecting interested enrollees with local employment specialists and following up to ensure that they received help. The governor has twice vetoed legislation that would have imposed work requirements in Pennsylvania, and two Republican senators there in September introduced another bill (S.B. 847) to require certain able-bodied Medicaid enrollees to seek employment or volunteer as a condition of receiving benefits. View the Georgia Medicaid story at https://bit.ly/36B0qEq. View the KHN story at https://bit.ly/2CmYWjz and the press release about S.B. 847 at https://bit.ly/33rzHbm.
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