Medicaid alternative gets GOP rebuff

Legislative Democrats said they are ready to meet with the Republican leadership, including Gov. Phil Bryant, to discuss their plan to use federal money to allow uninsured working Mississippians to obtain private health insurance.

House Democrats, flanked by some of their Senate colleagues, unveiled their plan Wednesday during a news conference at the state Capitol.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s spokesman and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves indicated no interest in considering the plan.

Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, said the Democratic legislators have met with federal officials who told them their plan is “on the right track,” though he stressed federal officials would not OK any plan until it is approved by the Legislature and submitted for official review.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal