State Democrats to push Medicaid expansion - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

State Democrats to push Medicaid expansion

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The top Democrat in the Georgia House of Representatives says improving health care for poor and rural Georgians will be one of her party's top priorities during the 2016 General Assembly Session.

Rep. Stacey Abrams from Atlanta was in Albany Tuesday night for a hearing on ways the state can better serve grandparents who are raising children. Democrats don't have much power in Atlanta these days, but Abrams she says they still push important issues, including Medicaid expansion. "Georgia's rural hospitals are facing terrible trouble, and across the state of Georgia, we have families that are being denied access to healthcare, and so we certainly intend to make Medicaid expansion a major conversation heading into 2016," Abrams said.

Democrats say Gov. Nathan Deal made a huge mistake by refusing hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government under Obamacare to expand Medicare and Medicaid.

Copyright 2015 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Officials implement policy change after 2017 bridge collapse

    Officials implement policy change after 2017 bridge collapse

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:15:50 GMT
    (Source: WGCL)(Source: WGCL)

    Officials say the kind of materials that fed a fire below a metro Atlanta highway overpass which collapsed last year will no longer be stored under state bridges.

    More >>

    Officials say the kind of materials that fed a fire below a metro Atlanta highway overpass which collapsed last year will no longer be stored under state bridges.

    More >>
  • Stacey Abrams stops in Albany before primaries

    Stacey Abrams stops in Albany before primaries

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:39 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:39:32 GMT
    One Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams, stopped in Albany.One Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams, stopped in Albany.
    One Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams, stopped in Albany.One Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams, stopped in Albany.

    The primary elections for Georgia are Tuesday, and one of the Democratic Party candidates for Governor made a stop in Albany Monday.  

    More >>

    The primary elections for Georgia are Tuesday, and one of the Democratic Party candidates for Governor made a stop in Albany Monday.  

    More >>
  • Man looking for owner of Korean War award

    Man looking for owner of Korean War award

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:33 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:33:25 GMT
    Korean War Award was found in a recycling plant.Korean War Award was found in a recycling plant.
    Korean War Award was found in a recycling plant.Korean War Award was found in a recycling plant.

    A South Georgia man was given a bell two years ago, but it wasn't until two weeks ago that he discovered there was an inscription on it. Now he's looking for its rightful owner. 

    More >>

    A South Georgia man was given a bell two years ago, but it wasn't until two weeks ago that he discovered there was an inscription on it. Now he's looking for its rightful owner. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly