Bryant Recommends Funding for Hospitals

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Jackson, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act.

Under the federal health care law, over a period of years the reimbursement to hospitals for treating people with no health care coverage will be reduced.

The intent of the Affordable Care Act is for those reductions to be offset by expanding the Medicaid program.

Bryant says expanding Medicaid will ultimately require tax increases or cuts to other services the state provides.

Medicaid currently covers about 645,000 Mississippians -- the elderly, disabled, poor pregnant women and poor children

Others tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Bryant's opposition is putting a hardship on Mississippi's health care providers, particularly hospitals.