Medicaid expansion debate pops up in Senate

February 7, 2018, Daily Journal, Bobby Harrison- The issue of Medicaid expansion, which seldom is debated in the Mississippi Legislature, was briefly the topic of conversation Tuesday in the state Senate. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, bemoaned that working people, who cannot afford private insurance, were having to go without health care because the state would not expand Medicaid as allowed under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “These are working people, people who work a lot harder than we do,” Bryan told his fellow senators. He added they were people working every day even though they need to go to the doctor but do not because they can’t afford it. Mississippi is one of 19 states choosing not to expand Medicaid as is allowed under the federal law to cover those making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level - $33,948 annually for a family of four.

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