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State rep. emphasizes importance of medicaid expansion

State Representative Winfred Dukes said that medicaid expansion in Georgia has to be one of the top priorities. (Source: WALB) State Representative Winfred Dukes said that medicaid expansion in Georgia has to be one of the top priorities. (Source: WALB)
Winfred Dukes said the health care structure in south Georgia is in danger, as Affordable Health Care Act changes move forward. (Source: WALB) Winfred Dukes said the health care structure in south Georgia is in danger, as Affordable Health Care Act changes move forward. (Source: WALB)
State Representative Winfred Dukes (Source: WALB) State Representative Winfred Dukes (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

State Representative Winfred Dukes said that medicaid expansion in Georgia has to be one of the top priorities for the Legislature in their upcoming session.

Dukes, who represents Dougherty, Baker, Miller and Seminole counties, said the health care structure in south Georgia is in danger, as Affordable Health Care Act changes move forward.

"There are so many rural hospitals that are on life support. And if we lose hospitals in our part of the state, then it will be very difficult for us to attract industry, and it would have an adverse impact on the quality of life for our citizens," said Dukes.

Dukes said that Democrats will push for medicaid expansion and getting more federal funds through the Affordable Care Act during the next legislative session.

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