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Medicaid Letters Imminent if Decision is Not Made

JACKSON, Miss. — The clock is ticking away, and many of you could be uninsured July 1 if Medicaid is not reauthorized by the state legislature during a special session.

“We need to get back down here and get our basic Medicaid program reauthorized, we also have to pass the budget that was not passed for Medicaid,” said Representative Bobby Howell

Howell says if a decision is not made Medicaid will have to send out a letter 30 days prior to changing benefits.

“We don’t need to have Medicaid spend $250,000 or $300,000 while we quibble over whether we should or should not expand Medicaid. We need to get those people at rest.”

During this years session House Democrats did not vote for reauthorization because it did not include expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Republicans said the state could not afford it. Recently Governor Bryant has said he would fund the program with executive authority.

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