Medicaid, a social health care program for families and individuals with low income, provides free or low-cost health coverage to eligible needy persons. It is a vital lifeline for many individuals and families who otherwise may not have access to healthcare. In the state of Georgia, Medicaid offers a variety of benefits, one of which is reasonable copayments for services rendered. This blog post will provide a detailed look at Medicaid copays in Georgia.

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What are Medicaid Copays?

Copayments, or copays, are a fixed amount that health insurance beneficiaries pay for a covered health care service, after any deductible has been met. The copay amount can vary depending on the specifics of the beneficiary’s health plan and the full cost and type of service.

Medicaid Copays in Georgia

In Georgia, Medicaid copays vary based on the cost of the service. According to the Peach State Health Plan (PSHP) and CareSource, here are the current copay amounts:

  • For services costing less than $10.01, the copay is $0.50.
  • For services between $10.01 and $25.00, the copay is $1.00.
  • For services between $25.01 and $50.00, the copay is $2.00.
  • For services costing more than $50.01, the copay is $3.00.

Specific Services and their Copays

Different types of services have different copays. Here are some specific examples:

  • For all Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), there is a $2 copay.
  • There is a $3 copay for all non-emergency hospital visits.
  • Emergency services have a $3 copay if the situation is not an emergency health issue.

Exceptions and Waivers

Certain groups are exempt from copays. The Georgia Medicaid program stipulates that members with children under a certain age and those enrolled in the Georgia Families 360°℠ program do not have any copay for covered care. Additionally, family planning members do not have to pay a copay for covered medications.


Who is Eligible for Medicaid in Georgia?

Many groups of people are covered by Medicaid in Georgia. However, certain requirements must be met for eligibility. The copay amounts mentioned above apply to those who qualify for Medicaid coverage.


Medicaid plays a critical role in ensuring access to healthcare for low-income families and individuals. In Georgia, Medicaid copays for services are designed to be affordable, with many services costing just a few dollars or less. However, it’s essential to understand that specific services and drugs may come with different copays, and certain groups are exempt from paying these fees. Always check with your healthcare provider or insurance company to understand the copayments associated with your care.