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Miss. Lawmakers Start Medicaid Session Thursday

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Mississippi lawmakers return to the Capitol at 10 a.m. Thursday for a special session designed to keep Medicaid alive and funded.
   
Because of a partisan dispute, they left in April without authorizing the program to exist beyond June 30, the end of the current budget year.
   
With that deadline only days away, lawmakers find themselves under increasing pressure to act. But, few are willing to predict how long they'll be in Jackson.
   
A special session costs $43,451 per day for lawmakers' salaries and expenses. For one round trip to the Capitol, there's additional cost of $20,159.
   
Medicaid is a government health insurance program for the needy, and it covers more than 644,000 Mississippians. Democrats want to expand it to another 300,000 working poor. Republicans say the state can't afford that.

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