Georgia – The National Health Law Program, along with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Georgians for a Healthy Future, Georgia Legal Services Program, the Georgia Interfaith Public Policy Center, and Atlanta Legal Aid Society, has filed an amicus brief with the US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Georgia v. Brooks-LaSure. In the case, Georgia challenges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ revocation of its approval allowing work requirements and premiums in Georgia’s Section 1115 waiver project. The amicus brief contends that the revocation was proper, as Georgia’s premiums and work requirements deter low-income individuals from accessing coverage and are not consistent with the objectives of the Medicaid program.
The federal government can revoke these waivers when it follows the right steps– as it did here.
Jane Perkins, NHeLP’s Legal Director, said the brief was filed because “Georgia’s case improperly attempts to lock-in a waiver approval obtained in the closing days of the Trump administration. But section 1115 approvals are not irreversible permission slips for states to ignore the Medicaid Act. The federal government can revoke these waivers when it follows the right steps– as it did here.”