Medicaid, charter debates under way

JACKSON – Charter schools and Medicaid expansion – the two issues expected to be the most contentious during the 2013 session – took center stage Monday.

On the eve of the session’s start today, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, speaking to the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute of Government/Capitol press corps luncheon, said he doesn’t think the Legislature will take up the issue of state participation in Medicaid expansion offered under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“At this point in time we don’t have all the facts regarding Obamacare,” Reeves said.

He said the state needs more information for the coming years on how not participating in the expansion that will cover people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level will affect Mississippi hospitals.