A bill that passed the U.S. Senate Wednesday will give Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana a boost in Medicaid funding.
Sen. Trent Lott said in a news release that the bill will help the three states recover from Hurricane Katrina. The Medicaid provisions are included in a deficit-reduction bill.
Vice President Dick Cheney broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate to send the bill to President Bush. The bill had passed the House earlier in the week.
Lott said the federal government will pay 100 percent of Medicaid expenses for a year for Mississippi and Louisiana. Lott's release didn't include details about the help Alabama will receive.
Medicaid is a federal-state program that helps pay for health care for the needy, aged, blind and disabled, and for low-income families with children.