New Report Finds Many Working Parents Would Benefit from Closing Georgia’s Coverage Gap

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Georgians for a Healthy Future (GHF) and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) released a new report that shows how crititical Georgia accepting federal Medicaid funding is to help working parents afford health insurance.

According to the report:  

A significant health coverage gap exists for parents who exceed Georgia’s extremely low eligibility threshold for Medicaid but don’t earn enough to receive tax credits for coverage through the new health insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov). Unfortunately, if a parent in a family of three earns more than $7,835 annually, or $653 per month but less than $20,090 per month $1,674 per month, they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for assistance through the new Marketplace. Georgia’s children and parents have one of the highest uninsured rates in the country. Georgia’s estimated 26% uninsured rate for parents places it 46th while its nearly 10% uninsured rate for children ranks the state 44th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Read GHF's full press release at http://healthyfuturega.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/PressRelease-ParentsCoverage-9.15.pdf