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Medicaid Fight Continues At State Capitol

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    Democrats in the state House are using what little leverage they have to break an impasse in the Medicaid debate.

    They want the governor to reconsider expanding the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

    Wednesday, Democrats held a news conference on the issue at the state Capitol. Later they hand delivered a letter to Gov. Bryant, asking for him to reconsider his opposition to expanding the program.

    Democrats say they won't push to add more people to the program, if the federal government doesn't reduce DSH payments to Mississippi hospitals.

    DSH payments are funds that the federal government pays to hospitals for uncompensated care that covers people who go the emergency room or go see a doctor, and they can't pay the bill.

    Also at issue is re authorizing the state's existing Medicaid program. Legislation to do that passed the Senate, but the Medicaid proposal was killed on the House floor. Unless lawmakers approve it by June 30th, the program that serves more than 600,000 Mississippians will cease to exist.   

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