Bryant: Obama budget undercuts Medicaid expansion

Top Mississippi Republicans say their opposition to Medicaid expansion is getting a boost from an unlikely source — President Barack Obama.

The Democratic president released his proposed federal budget Wednesday. It includes a one-year delay in reduction of “disproportionate share” Medicaid payments — money hospitals receive for treating large numbers of uninsured patients.

Mississippi has high numbers of uninsured residents. Hospital administrators have said reducing the payments would hurt their finances, and some have used that as an argument to support expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the needy. Putting more people on Medicaid would mean fewer uninsured patients.

Hattiesburg American