Cage’s study committee on healthcare recommends . . . more study

[private]Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle appointed a legislative task force that spent a year studying healthcare delivery systems in Georgia and how they might be tweaked in the wake of Obamacare.

The panel’s final recommendations, which were released Monday, were essentially to keep studying the issue a while longer.

Not recommended by the committee: seeking any kind of Medicaid waiver that would enable Georgia to get federal funding under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income families (Georgia has already turned down about $9 billion in ACA funding).

The committee did recommend the creation of two healthcare agencies:

A Health Coordination and Innovation Council to identify policy priorities, promote innovation, and oversee the implementation of a strategic plan for the future of health and health care statewide.

A Health System Innovation Center to use the technical expertise of Georgia’s academic, data, and workforce resources. The center would provide technical assistance to support rural healthcare providers in providing more access to care.

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