House to hold Medicaid hearings

The House Medicaid Committee will hold a hearing in the coming weeks on a broad range of Medicaid issues, including the controversial proposal to expand Medicaid to cover those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

Thus far the House leadership has worked to block any debate of whether the state should participate in the option under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid to cover those earning up to about $15,000 annually for an individual or about $34,000 for a family of four.

House Medicaid Chair Bobby Howell, R-Kilmichael, said Thursday the hearing will be “about Medicaid in general. Obviously, the expansion will be part of that.”

He said he does not have a firm date for the hearing yet because he is still working to line up those who will be presenters.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal