Medicaid Bills Sent to Governor

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Two Medicaid bills are on their way to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Neither would expand the government health insurance program that already covers more than 20 percent of the state's residents.

The bills passed the Senate Friday, the second day of a special session. Both passed the House Thursday.

House Bill 1 would keep Medicaid in business beyond the end of the current state fiscal year, which expires Sunday. House Bill 2 contains the Medicaid budget for the year that starts Monday.

Bryant is expected to sign both bills.

Lawmakers' work may not be finished. It was not immediately clear whether Bryant would expand the agenda to let lawmakers consider renewing a hospital bed tax that helps provide hundreds of millions of dollars for Medicaid.