MADISON, Miss -- Leaders are doing a lot of talking, but still no action has been made regaurding Medicaid expansion. Mississippi hospitals administrators say they will see a major loss in revenue if Medicaid is not expanded under the affordable care act.
“That business model does not work, there is absolutely no way to keep the doors open with those types of cuts, and I think you would see similar impacts at other hospitals in the state,” said Chris Anderson chairman of Singing River Health Systems in Ocean Springs.
Today Governor Phil Bryant, who is against Medicaid expansion, and Claude Harbarger, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Mississippi Hospital Association, released this statement:
“After meeting with a number of the state’s hospital leaders and discussing potential impacts of federal mandates on their ability to continue to serve our state’s health care needs, we have come together in good faith to work out a possible solution to our funding issues. I recognize the situation facing our hospitals and my administration is committed to helping resolve those issues. While I oppose the expansion of Medicaid in our state, I appreciate the hospitals willingness to sit down with me and my team to discuss alternatives to solving these issues,” said Bryant.
Harbinger said he is grateful and looks forward to working with Bryant.
There were no actual solutions made at the press conference in Madison Monday, and it is unknown if a decision will be made before the current legislative session is over.