If Georgia fully expanded Medicaid with the federal government absorbing 95% of the tab, the state could cover more than 350,000 of the over 400,000 uninsured people living in Georgia,…
Legislative Update: Week 2
General Assembly meets for joint budget hearings
The Georgia General Assembly met last week for joint budget hearings. During “budget week” both the House and Senate heard from Governor Kemp and agency leaders about their requests for the current and upcoming state budgets. The General Assembly’s budgetary considerations consist of two parts:
1) Changes to the current FY 2021 state budget (sometimes called the “little budget”) which will run through June 30, 2021, and
2) The FY 2022 general state budget (the “big budget”), which will begin on July 1, 2021.
After the agency presentations, the House will pull together the budget requests into legislation and continue to review funding requests.
Below we highlight some of the primary asks made by the state agencies that most impact consumer health, especially during the current health crisis. For more detailed budget analysis, please see the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s Overview of Georgia’s 2022 Fiscal Year Budget.
The General Assembly will reconvene tomorrow, January 26th for the fifth day of legislative session and will schedule future days of session in another resolution.(more…)