Insurance issues gain complexity

Some legislators and others following developments as a July 1 deadline looms for funding and authorizing Mississippi’s Medicaid program believe Gov. Phil Bryant will call a special session early this week to deal with the issue.

Bryant is on a state-paid trip to Paris, and was scheduled to return this weekend.

The Legislature failed in its regular session to agree on funding and program reauthorization when Democrats blocked program renewal because Republican leadership refused to allow floor debate and a vote in the House on Medicaid expansion under terms of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Bryant, House Speaker Philip Gunn, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and the GOP legislative leadership openly oppose Medicaid expansion on grounds of higher costs, affordability and most controversially, politics.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
6/23/12