Trump keeps chipping away at Obamacare with only weeks until the election -- and a Supreme Court hearing
October 17, 2020 at 15:00
(CNN) The Trump administration has taken a step to weaken the Affordable Care Act in a key battleground state, with only weeks to go until Election Day as well as Supreme Court arguments that could determine the landmark law's future.
The administration this week approved Georgia's waiver request to provide Medicaid coverage to certain low-income residents if they work or participate in other qualifying activities for at least 80 hours a month.
It's the latest state to receive permission to require work as a condition of coverage, though implementation elsewhere has been halted by federal courts or state officials.
Also, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it had completed its review of Georgia's more controversial request to make fundamental changes to the state's Affordable Care Act exchange.
The agency, which opened the door for states to create alternatives to Obamacare in 2018, is still finalizing the terms for approval.
The Peach State, which has the nation's third highest uninsured rate at 13.4%, is the first to seek this enhanced power to reshape its individual market.
Georgia and federal officials say that these efforts will make coverage more available and affordable to residents, but consumer advocates say they are the latest attempts to undercut the law.