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Expand Medicaid to Reduce Uninsured

Cheryl Christian, executive director, Good News Clinics in Gainesville, GA
Cheryl Christian, head of Georgia's largest free clinic, says new clients are often unemployed people 50 to 64 who lost their health insurance. AARP wants Medicaid to expand to cover many of them. — Photo by David Walter Banks

By Ann Hardie, AARP Bulletin

The recession has changed the face of the patient population at the Good News Clinics in Gainesville. Now many of the 2,000 patients are people 50 to 64 years old who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs.

AARP Georgia's top legislative priority this year is getting many of those people — and hundreds of thousands of others in the same boat — covered under Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor.

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