Mississippi House Rejects Medicaid Expansion

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Jackson, Miss.

The Mississippi House has voted against expanding Medicaid.

Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson pushed for expansion Thursday as the House considered House Bill 1481, an early version of the Medicaid budget.

Brown says expansion would help about 230,000 residents, such as barbers, waitresses, store clerks and roofers who don't have insurance. He points out that most lawmakers receive taxpayer-funded health insurance for their part-time jobs.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and other opponents of Medicaid expansion say the state can't afford to put more people on the government insurance program for the needy, even with the federal government paying most of the cost.

Brown's proposal failed on a 64-52 vote.