Barbour: "Medicaid growth would hurt Mississippi budget"

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says health care legislation pending in Congress could make Medicaid too expensive for his state by putting lots more people on the program.

The Republican governor sent a letter to U.S. senators Friday to repeat what he has been saying for months, that a dramatic increase in Medicaid enrollment would strain Mississippi's budget and could force state officials to increase the sales tax, the income tax or both.

Medicaid is a government health insurance program for the needy, aged, blind and disabled and for low-income families with children. It is paid by federal and state dollars.

About one-fifth of all Mississippi residents are already on Medicaid. Barbour says a federal proposal could increase that to one-third.

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  • by Improve system Location: Meridian on Jan 17, 2010 at 07:21 PM
    The medicaid system needs to be improved. It should be for senior citizens and disabled only. It is time for our state government to address this situation and improve the system.
  • by truth be known Location: meridian,ms on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    This Mcaid thing drives me nuts. They are two many people on Mcaid that needs to have there Butts working. I truley think Mcaid needs to be redone where you have to show your need. it should be for older people and the disable. Not for people that say home and do nothing and have kids where they can stay on Mcaid.There are alot of people in Ms on Mcaid that drives a better car lives in high dollar apartments. But they are on mcaid. I truley beleive Mcaid is in this problem because the system is being adused. The only thing I blame Barbour for is he can't see this. Mcaid needs to have a system where you have to prove you need it. I have people I work with that lies about there income,says the are single when the have a husband or boyfriend living with them.But I guess 1 day they will have to answer for there lies to a higher up person. And see if they can lie out of that. I don't think so.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:37 AM
    Has everyone forgotten that before Barber, before the economic crisis, before there was the critical lack of jobs, there was a Medicaid crisis in the state of MS?I go into homes everyday and have for years where the people are more able to take care of themselves and their children than I am physically and they are on Medicaid. While I would fight "tooth and nail" for the deserving to get help, and have, I am tired of people trying to make this a Barber issue.I hold down a full time job, a part time job, I do volunteer work, and own a business.What I have, came from busting my butt, and I am not prepared to give anymore of it to anyone except when I make the choice (NO higher taxes).By the way, as a business owner, I can't find enough people who want to work, most just want to get paid. I do have chronic health issues, too.Barber didn't create this problem, he is just trying to deal with it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Dec 11, 2009 at 10:34 PM
    First of all, if Mr. Barbour helps bring big businesses to the state of Mississippi, these companies could provide workers with health insurance. Mississippi is on the bottom of the barrel for everything, but to deny its citizens with the basic health care is crazy. Mr. Barbour needs to throw in his hat and let someone with a better plan take over since his "so-called" fiscal budget has failed.
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