Advocates for Medicaid expansion sent out a barrage of statements expressing disappointment with the outcome. The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program called the decision shortsighted and political. “Given that 59 percent of Mississippians support Medicaid expansion it is unfortunate that many of our legislators ignored both the will of the people and the needs of those that put them in office,” the statement read.
Tens of thousands of uninsured residents in the poorest and most rural parts of Mississippi may be unable to get subsidies to buy health coverage when a new online marketplace opens this fall because private insurers are avoiding a wide swath of the state.
We are extremely disappointed that the Mississippi legislature refused health insurance coverage for 300,000 Mississippians.
The Mississippi Ethics Commission reversed previous rulings Friday and said legislators who work for health care providers that treat Medicaid patients can vote on Medicaid issues.
Read more: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - Ethics panel 6 can vote on Medicaid
The fight over expanding Medicaid has gotten ugly, and the latest state to grab the spotlight is Mississippi, where a standoff in the legislature is pushing the state toward a cliff. Without a last-minute agreement, Medicaid may cease altogether there on July 1.
When the state of Mississippi begins offering subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s reform law this year, residents will have only one choice - Magnolia Health Plan - a small insurer little known in most of the country.