The AJC is reporting that Georgia’s Medicaid funds are facing a $300 Million shortfall for next year in addition to being $90 Million short this year:
The state Department of Community Health plans to ask the state legislature for roughly $308.2 million to make up the gap for fiscal 2013, Vince Harris, the agency’s chief financial officer, told board members.
The health care program is also looking at a $90 million deficit for the current fiscal year. That accumulated in large part because the state legislature did not allocate funds for the final month of payments to three for-profit companies that manage care for primarily low-income kids and moms in Medicaid.
So, that’s “not good”. And it gets worse.
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.
“The budget numbers that we have are very daunting,” Commissioner David Cook said.
Add this to a growing list of issues facing Georgians that need real leadership. Instead, we’ll likely get press releases blaming illegal immigrants or gay marriage, followed by a referendum asking for a tax increase to fix the Medicaid funding gap that continues to grow.