Georgia Republicans worried about parts of health care bill

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. A study out Wednesday finds that this year's most popular health law plans are raising premiums an average of 15 percent in 2016. You'll have to switch if you don't want to pay more. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state senators are preparing for expected congressional changes to the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate announced a task force on the issue in January but members held their first public meeting on Friday, days after GOP congressional leaders unveiled their replacement plan in Washington.

The five Republican senators and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle heard testimony from two health care experts. One of the speakers is a lobbyist who served as a policy adviser on President Donald Trump’s transition team.

Georgia didn’t expand Medicaid coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law and the group worries that GOP leaders’ replacement will ultimately punish the state.

The Republican plan would cap the amount of money Medicaid reimburses per patient. Lawmakers fear that will mean less reimbursement money for the state.

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