Mississippi lawmakers to convene 2018 session: a look at issues

January 1, 2018, The Clarion-Ledger, Geoff Pender- Lawmakers convene the 133rd regular session of the Mississippi Legislature at noon on Tuesday, with the session scheduled to run through April 1. Here’s a look at some of the major issues legislators are expected to tackle this session: Medicaid-The state-federal health program that covers one in four Mississippians - mostly children - legally sunsets in 2018, and lawmakers are expected to consider many changes as they reauthorize the program. Lawmakers are expected to re-examine and debate the managed care contracts with private companies and whether they are providing the savings promised and look at issues such as the number of doctor visits or prescriptions allowed patients. They are also expected to debate moving eligibility oversight to the Department of Human Services. The agency has also requested an extra $47 million be added to its current-year $920 million budget to cover costs through June 30.

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