Medicaid’s impact may drive debate on expansion

Federal and state Medicaid spending in Mississippi generated $2.365 billion in salaries for fiscal year 2012, according to a study done by the Policy and Research division of the Institutions of Higher Learning.

Mississippi appropriated $819.3 million to Medicaid, drawing down $2.4 billion in federal funds for a total appropriation of $3.2 billion.

That produced direct labor income of $1.75 billion to doctors, nurses and other medical providers and $613.2 million in “secondary labor income” to health care industry suppliers, according to the study by Bob Neal, a senior IHL economist.

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7/5/12