Medicaid bills head to Governor Bryant

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Updated: 6/28/2013 1:31 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Two Medicaid bills are on their way to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Neither would expand the government health insurance program that already covers more than 20 percent of the state's residents.
   The bills passed the Senate on Friday, the second day of a special session. Both passed the House on Thursday.
   House Bill 1 would keep Medicaid in business beyond the end of the current state fiscal year, which expires Sunday. House Bill 2 contains the Medicaid budget for the year that starts Monday.
   Bryant is expected to sign both bills.
   Lawmakers' work is not finished. Leaders expect Bryant to expand the agenda to let legislators consider a hospital tax that provides a substantial amount of money for Medicaid.

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