- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican state lawmakers want to make it impossible for Georgia to expand the Medicaid system as proposed by the Democratic president unless the state Legislature approves it.

The bill adopted 118-57 on Monday by House lawmakers would block the state from changing the income eligibility rules governing the Medicaid system unless the General Assembly backs it.

Medicaid pays for health care for the poor, elderly, disabled and low-income families with children. It’s funded by the state and federal governments.

The health care overhaul proposed by President Barack Obama anticipated that states would allow people too poor to afford subsidized insurance to enroll in Medicaid.

But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not be forced to expand Medicaid. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal says expanding Medicaid would be too expensive.

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