Gov. Nathan Deal
206 Washington Street
Suite 203, State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
November 7, 2012
Dear Governor Deal,
On September 24th you replied to HealthSTAT’s request, declining to meet with us to discuss Medicaid expansion to the 620,000 currently uninsured Georgians who are newly eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In that letter, you agreed that health reform is of critical importance and that your administration is committed to ensuring that hard-working families have access to world-class medical care. We agree, and have respectfully waited to respond to your letter, as you made it clear that you had no plans to take any further action on the issue until after the election.
Well, the results are in. With the combined reelection of President Barack Obama and a Democratic Senate majority, Congressional efforts to repeal the ACA are no longer viable.
Georgia has waited long enough - it is time to move forward with Medicaid expansion.
Nearly two million Georgians—or 20% of the state’s population--have no health insurance at all. Federal resources will cover 100% of expansion efforts over the first three years, which will improve access to care, strengthen our state’s economy, and help retain the future provider workforce. Additionally, experts believe that expanding Medicaid could prevent up to 3,700 deaths of Georgians each year.