ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The US Department of Health and Human Services said that Georgia's refusal to accept federal money under Obamacare to expand Medicaid is hurting people with mental illness.
The government says the expansion would open up mental health and substance abuse treatment for 159,000 uninsured Georgians.
Members of the Albany chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness said that state leaders are hurting an already underserved group.
"They didn't know we had support groups for (people with mental illnesses) and I feel like it's going to affect a lot of people tremendously because they're not getting the help that they need," said Tosha Dean with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
30 states and Washington, DC have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.