House Bill 1 (HB1), the Medicaid Reauthorization Bill, passed the House floor by a vote of 93-23.
“We have passed a bill that only reauthorizes Medicaid,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “There is no repealer in this bill, because we believe that the days of playing politics with the lives of 700,000 Mississippians should end. There are technical parts of the program that will be taken up later that will likely have repealers placed on them, but this bill should not have one.

“Playing politics with people’s lives is what got us here today,” he continued. “We do not need to find ourselves in gridlock again next year over the existence of a program that not one believes will go away.”

Speaker Philip Gunn Press Release
6/27/13