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Miss. Democrats Unveil Plan Medicaid Compromise

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     There appears to be no end in sight for the standoff between Democrats and Republicans over funding Medicaid.

     House and Senate Democrats in the legislature say they now have a plan that could bring both sides to the negotiation table.

     In a Wednesday news conference, the lawmakers announced what they call a compromise to end the stalemate.

     The proposal would empower the more than 300,000 now uninsured to use millions of dollars from the Affordable Care Act to purchase private health insurance through a state-based health exchange, which the Governor Bryant opposes.

     And Bryant says the Democrats plan simply Medicaid expansion by another name.

     In a statement today, spokesman Mick Bullock said, "as Gov. Bryant has said before, he remains opposed to expanding Obamacare in Mississippi or adopting expansion-based plans that will leave Mississippi taxpayers shouldering the burden of a massive entitlement program."

    The legislature faces a June 30th deadline to fund and re-authorize the state's existing Medicaid program.

    Otherwise, 600,000 Mississippians who now depend on it, could be without the healthcare safety net.


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