State allocates more than $1 billion for assistance to Medicaid and other program beneficiaries

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp (R) has set aside more than $1 billion for the Department of Social Services to provide cash assistance up to $350 per active enrollee in Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and/or Temporary Needy Family Assistance Program.

The funds come from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund, which was part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Eligible residents who were enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP and/or TANF before July 22 will receive a one-time cash payment of $350.

“The $350 per person for Medicaid recipients will be welcomed by many seniors,” said Ginny Helms, president of LeadingAge Georgia, at the The McKnight Business Daily.

The governor, she added, has also taken steps to help strengthen the direct care workforce by providing $843,000 in funding to support training for certified nurses to enable career advancement. .

“We are excited to see how this program will make a difference in their lives, as it also helps us meet a critical labor need,” Kemp said in a statement.

CNA’s pilot program will provide 500 current dual-enrollment high school students at 10 Georgia college and vocational academy sites with a grant to cover the cost of earning a nursing aide technical college certificate , including in-person clinical training through partner health systems. In addition, half of these students will be able to acquire an additional technical college certificate in geriatric care.

All 500 students will earn these certifications while staying on track to complete their high school diplomas on time. The grant will also cover the cost of the CNA exam administered at the end of the program.

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