Ga. Receiving $3.8M for Health Insurance Guides

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia will receive $3.8 million to fund counselors who will help uninsured people find health insurance coverage on the state's new exchange.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that local nonprofits receiving the funding must hire the new workers, give them 35 hours of training and make sure they pass a licensing exam by Oct. 1, when the exchange starts operating.

Consumer advocates said more counselors are needed to help the 900,000 people in Georgia expected to use the exchanges.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has opposed the health care changes led by Democratic President Barack Obama's administration.

Deal has refused to expand the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the uninsured. Deal also opted to let the federal government run Georgia's exchange.

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