Lawmaker Wants Cuts Cut

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Rep. Omeria Scott of Laurel is filing a bill to restore eligibility to the 65,000 elderly and disabled Mississippians who have been cut from the Medicaid program.

Scott was joined by eight other lawmakers at a news conference Monday at the state Capitol.

Lawmakers passed a bill last spring that removed the Poverty Level Aged and Disabled category from the federal-state health care program.

Scott's bill could be considered when the 2005 Legislature convenes in January.

Scott represents House District 80, which is made up of Jones, Jasper and Clarke Counties.

Most of the 65,000 recipients losing coverage will be forced to rely on limited Medicare prescription drug benefits until a federal Medicare prescription drug plan begins in January 2006.

The state is seeking a waiver to keep thousands of chronically ill recipients in that group on Medicaid. The changes kick in Sept. 15.