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Mississippi Medicaid In Limbo

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    Mississippi lawmakers are divided over the state's Medicaid program.

    Some want to expand it under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

    Gov. Bryant is against that idea. And now the health program that serves more than 600,000 poor and elderly, could cease to exist, unless the legislature reauthorizes it.

    The Senate approved it for next year, but a similar proposal died in the House.

    If nothing's done by July 1st, Medicaid in our state could go away.

    Members of the House Democratic caucus will hold a news conference Wednesday morning at the Capitol to discuss their next option.

    If lawmakers can't agree, other options could be a special session within the regular sessions or a special session after current session ends.

   As a last resort, Republicans claim Gov. Bryant could run Medicaid by executive order. Democrats argue the governor lacks the legal authority to do that.


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