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Rep. Holland: “We Want an Up and Down Vote on Medicaid Expansion”

JACKSON, Miss.–The clock is still ticking towards Medicaid funding in the state of Mississippi lapsing on July 1.

Democrats voted the reauthorization funding down during the last legislative session because they wanted Medicaid expanded in the state and such it’s left Mississippi in a bind, possibly needing a special session to fund it.

Democratic House Representative Steve Holland said Tuesday that they have been consistently meeting to talk about the latest with the issue.

“The Democrats are interested in resolving all the issues related to Medicaid,” said Holland.

Holland was adamant that they want an “up and down vote” on Medicaid expansion.

He said there needs to be a discussion on the topic.

“This state legislature has never debated the issue.”

What did come out Tuesday was possibly a path to reauthorizing the funding of Medicaid in the state if expansion isn’t voted on in the affirmative.

“If the vote is no, we will go ahead and reauthorize Medicaid,” said Holland.

A special session could be called to have such a vote.

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