WASHINGTON — Wednesday morning, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed a portion of the Build Back Better Act, that included plans to expand Medicaid in states like Georgia, where refusal to expand Medicaid has left over four million Americans without health insurance. The provisions closely mirror the Medicaid Saves Lives Act, which was introduced in July by Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07), and Senators Warnock (D-GA), Ossoff (D-GA), and Baldwin (D-WI).
Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux said, “Georgians’ hard-earned tax dollars have been financing the health care of other states’ residents for years while 625,000 Georgians are without insurance. It’s time we get our fair share and address the fiscal and moral responsibility of not expanding Medicaid. I thank the Energy and Commerce Committee for taking this important first step in providing a permanent, comprehensive solution to secure coverage for millions of Americans.”
The Medicaid-focused provisions included in the Build Back Better Act will establish a federal Medicaid program in non-expansion states, closely resembling the benefits and protections of the original Medicaid expansion under the ACA. Like Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s Medicaid Saves Lives Act, this legislation will increase Medicaid access for over 600,000 Georgians and close the coverage gap for those up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.