Medicaid's budget shortfall isn't a theoretical problem for Senate Public Health Committee Chairman Alan Nunnelee.
The Tupelo Republican said his 15-year-old adopted brother suffers from heart disease and could be hurt if Medicaid has to suspend services in mid-March.
Nunnelee is one of six lawmakers trying to negotiate a solution to Medicaid's budget problems, both short-term and long-term.
The health care program has a $268 million shortfall for the budget year that ends June 30.
Lawmakers also are looking for ways to restrain growth in a program that has seen its budget balloon over the past several years.
Medicaid was set to run out of cash after Monday, but executive director Dr. Warren Jones said a $50 million loan will keep it operating through March 11.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.