From waivers to toxic pollution to disease outbreaks, Georgia had an eventful year in health care. Here is our list of the Top 10 health care stories in 2019.
1. Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled proposals to offer more people Medicaid coverage and improve private insurance.
Just as 2019 ended, the Kemp administration finalized its health care proposals, which will require approval by the feds. One waiver request would add more low-income Georgians to Medicaid. Democrats repeatedly emphasized that the plan’s eligibility requirements would cover far fewer people than Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. But Kemp and his fellow Republicans who control state government made clear that their opposition to Medicaid expansion had not changed. A second waiver proposal calls for a ‘‘reinsurance’’ program, plus a plan to replace the state’s current healthcare.gov website procedure with what officials say would be a more consumer-friendly enrollment process.