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Mississippi could see push-pull on Medicaid expansion

At the same time that the leader of Mississippi's Medicaid program is cracking open the door to the idea of expanding health coverage to some of the state's uninsured residents, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is slamming the door shut.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 4:36 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At the same time that the leader of Mississippi's Medicaid program is cracking open the door to the idea of expanding health coverage to some of the state's uninsured residents, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is slamming the door shut.

Medicaid Director Drew Snyder told House Appropriations Committee members Monday that the agency continues to hear from hospitals about how many patients don't have insurance. Snyder says it's a "fair concern to think about what's out there to lower those numbers."

That's a softening of the longtime position of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant that Mississippi shouldn't expand coverage under the state-federal program that provides insurance to about a quarter of Mississippians.

But Reeves, a Republican running for governor this year, restated his opposition Monday at a public policy forum.

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