Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act.
Under the federal health care law, over a period of years the reimbursement to hospitals for treating people with no health care coverage will be reduced.
The intent of the Affordable Care Act is for those reductions to be offset by expanding the Medicaid program. Under the law, that expansion covers people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level or about $15,000 annually for an individual or about $32,000 for a family of four.