Lawmakers Vote to Save Medicaid

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Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi lawmakers adjourned their two-day special session late Friday after passing bills to keep Medicaid alive and funded for the new fiscal year that starts Monday.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant praised them for their work, saying it was "a victory for the vulnerable." He also says he was happy that he and lawmakers "stopped expansion of Obamacare."

Medicaid is a government health insurance program for the needy. It will not be expanded, as Democratic leaders had hoped. Republicans hold the majority in the House and Senate, and they blocked expansion efforts.

House Bill 1 keeps Medicaid alive. It also includes a hospital tax that helps pay for the program.

House Bill 2 is the budget for the program.