Jones: Health Care Should Be Priority

Some Mississippi lawmakers say funding health care programs in the state could be more difficult, due to a tough economy.

State Rep. Wilbert Jones of Meridian discussed that issue during Monday's meeting of the Council of Governments.

State officials say they're looking for ways to fund Mississippi's portion of federal matching programs.

Jones said it won't be easy in the current climate, but he believes it is necessary.

"We are pretty much the last in every category," said Jones. "Infant mortality rate is high; low birth weight is high. We just simply need to make sure that we begin to focus on and resolve some of the problems and issues we have in the state of Mississippi. "

Jones says a serious look will be taken at every program in the state, to try to find places to save money.

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