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Amid partisan split, Medicaid plan passes Mississippi Senate

It covers about 750,000 of Mississippi's nearly 3 million residents — roughly one out of four people. Bryan said many nursing homes and small-town physicians would struggle without the money the program brings them. "It helps everybody to have a Medicaid ...

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February 06, 2018 05:30 PM JACKSON, Miss. A proposal to keep Mississippi's Medicaid program alive is moving ahead in the Legislature, but some Democrats are concerned that the Republican administration could try to deeply cut costs. Senators voted 31-16 Tuesday for Senate Bill 2836 , with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats opposing it. The bill now goes to the House for more workSenate Medicaid Committee Chairman Brice Wiggins said he expects the House and Senate to negotiate a final version of the bill in late March, at the end of the three-month legislative session. Democratic SenHob Bryan of Amory said Mississippi has passed up billions of federal dollars by not expanding Medicaid to the working poorExpansion is an option under the health law signed by then-President Barack Obama in 2010Mississippi is one of 18 states that have not expanded Medicaid. jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.renderNewsletterIframe.init({ container: '#newsletter-signUpWidget', url: ',,' }); }); Never miss a local story. Sign up today for unlimited digital access to our website, apps, the digital newspaper and more. SUBSCRIBE NOW jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.calltoActionCtrl.init(); }); Medicaid is a government insurance program for the needy, and it is paid with federal and state moneyIt covers about 750,000 of Mississippi's nearly 3 million residents — roughly one out of four peopleBryan said many nursing homes and small-town physicians would struggle without the money the program brings them. "It helps everybody to have a Medicaid program," Bryan said. Mississippi Medicaid comes up for legislative review every few yearsThe bill that advanced Tuesday would keep it alive beyond the current state budget year, which ends June 30. Wiggins, a Republican from Pascagoula, said the bill includes proposals to study the efficiency of Medicaid managed care programs and to examine the level of payments being made to providers. "It's about improving health outcomes and controlling the ever-escalating costs," he said. However, Democratic SenBarbara Blackmon of Canton was skeptical. "We are going to gut Medicaid, saying that we are increasing efficiencies," Blackmon said"But, what we are doing — we are killing our rural communities." Because Mississippi is a poor state, it receives one of the most generous shares of federal money to pay for MedicaidFor every $1 Mississippi spends on the program, the federal government chips in about $3The federal share would have been larger for people added under Medicaid expansionRepublican GovPhil Bryant has said repeatedly that he does not want to increase people's dependence on government programs. Suggested for you lazyLoadingModule("zerg-template", "zerg-target", "zerg",500, undefined, undefined, undefined, "53343", undefined , undefined );   Comments   Needs to be visible to set the correct height of the comment componentI'm hiding it on document readyAppending it later did not work--> jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.commentingFaceboook.init(); }); Videos View More Video Local This homebuilder promised a warrantyBuyers say they got a ‘total nightmare’ instead. A deadly Super Bowl party was caught on cameraWhy won’t anyone talk to police? Family of 3 Doors Down guitarist files wrongful death suit against doctor, pharmacy A mother took her infant to a hospital for the fluWhat doctors found led to man’s arrest. East Biloxi residents saw a burglar leaving two homesPolice say they know who he is. Local jQuery(document).ready(function () { UD.updateDate.getDiffDate("1517959860", "MMMM DD, YYYY hh:mm A", "America/Chicago", "en" , "-06:00"); }); Subscriptions Start a Subscription Customer Service eEdition Vacation Hold Pay Your Bill Rewards Special Sections Site Information About Us Contact Us Newsletters News in Education Archives Photo Store Social, Mobile & More Text News Alerts Mobile & Apps Facebook Twitter YouTube Google+ Instagram Advertising Start Advertising Place a Classified Place an Obituary Shopping Today's Circulars More

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