Medicaid, infrastructure among priorities in 2018 Legislative Session

December 30, 2017, The Meridian Star, Jim Brock- Local lawmakers are ready to dive headfirst into the regular session of the 2018 Mississippi Legislature, which begins on Jan. 2. And of the state’s myriad issues up for discussion and possible action, Medicaid will definitely be among the top priorities. House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden said Medicaid, the government health insurance program that covers 1 in 4 Mississippians, is up for review in 2018. The leadership continues to support managed care, a cost-monitored system that only allows patients to visit certain providers. But proponents say the system improves Medicaid by eliminating costly trips to the emergency room and focusing on preventative care.

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