If you or someone you know has Medicaid or receives food benefits, you'll want to know that major changes are coming soon to both of these programs in Georgia.
A federal emergency was declared on Jan. 31, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus response Act (FFCRA), which included a requirement that Medicaid programs keep people continuously enrolled through the end of the month in which the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) stops.
During this time, the state could not remove individuals from their Medicaid rolls as long as the public health emergency was in effect. According to recent legislation, Georgia will soon restart Medicaid eligibility renewals soon.
In order to help residents, Georgia even created a new website to help here.
What you can do right now
In order to make sure that you don't lose coverage, you want to verify your contact information with the state. You can use the Georgia Gateway website to confirm your information or to access more resources. Here is the link.
The temporary boost to SNAP (food) benefits put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, known as emergency allotments, ended nationwide after the February 2023 issuance. (source) If you need help with food assistance, you can go here. Here is a list of food pantries in Georgia too. For example there are 31 locations where you can get food in Atlanta.
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Disclaimer: Please note that this article is created for educational and informational purposes. Please confirm all information with official state sources.