Medicaid Expansion Part of Budget Discussions

As Mississippi state agencies make final adjustments to budget proposals for the next fiscal year, one division of state government is already becoming a focal point for next week’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

“Medicaid expansion is going to be a part of the discussion next week, next year and probably for the next five years., said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Reeves, a Republican, is opposed to any type of Medicaid expansion in the state. While he believes some type of reform is needed, Reeves says an expansion would have no long term benefit.

“There are things that have to be done to reform the healthcare system,” Reeves said. “The reality is that the adding, in our state as Obamacare would do, 400,000 to 500,000 Mississippians on to the Medicaid rolls, we just don’t believe is the right way to do it.”