Medicaid Solution Still Undetermined

Meridian, Miss.

Mississippi's Medicaid program was the talk Monday as local elected officials gathered in Meridian.

Republican Rep. Greg Snowden discussed the legislative stalemate over renewing and funding the Medicaid program at the Lauderdale County Council of Governments meeting.

State Republicans want to renew the program as is, while many Democrats want to expand it as part of the new federal health care law.

Instead, nothing was done in the recent legislative session, meaning the program will expire later this year, unless the governor calls a special session.

"Right now, the only person who can call us back into a special session is Gov. Bryant. He has said he's not going to do that until the folks that voted against the program 4 times during the regular session, the House Democrats, if they will tell him they're prepared to vote for it and continue our program, he will call a special session," said Snowden. "Otherwise, I don't see us going back into special session until very late, perhaps June 29th or 30th."

Bryant said last week he believes he can keep Medicaid alive without legislative approval in July, if the legislature can't come to an agreement.

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