Barbour: "Bill Not Likely to Pass"

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A bill will be filed next year by Mississippi's District 80 State Rep. Omeria Scott to restore Medicaid coverage to its previous level.

Some low income and disabled residents say the law change, approved during the 2004 legislative session, will hurt them. Gov. Barbour was asked if he would veto the bill, if it passed.

"I don't expect this kind of legislation to pass, but I wouldn't think it had much chance of becoming law either way," said Barbour. "We have to keep Medicaid sustainable, and to keep it sustainable, we have to control cost, including we need to stop Mississippi's state taxpayers from paying for something that the federal government will already pay for."

Barbour repeated his argument that when the Sept. 15 deadline comes, people would be pleased with the coverage that will be available.