Friday, June 15, 2012
ATLANTA (AP) -- A state health official says Georgia's massive Medicaid program is facing a shortfall of more than $300 million in the coming fiscal year.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Georgia Department of Community Health plans to ask state lawmakers for about $308.2 million to make up the gap for fiscal 2013.
Vince Harris, the agency's chief financial officer, updated board members on the situation Thursday.
The looming deficit comes at a time when the state health agency is also facing the addition of another 600,000-plus Georgians to its Medicaid rolls starting in 2014, as part of the program's expansion under the health care law.
Commissioner David Cook called the budget numbers "very daunting."
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)