Governor says he will try to run Medicaid without legislative funding

Gov. Phil Bryant said if there is no agreement on Medicaid by July 1 he will try to run the agency without a legislative appropriation or reauthorization, and, essentially, dared anyone to take him to court to stop him.

“As head of the Governor’s Division of Medicaid, I will do all I can to continue and to provide Medicaid to the citizens who qualify in the state of Mississippi,” the first-term Republican said Wednesday after a tourism event at the Capitol. “That is my legal argument. If someone wants to challenge me in court, what is their argument?”

Bryant said he had an obligation to ensure the thousands of elderly residents on Medicaid in nursing homes are not “thrown out on the street.”

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
5/8/13