The Sun Herald, 12/4/7

Medicaid Executive Director Robert L. Robinson says Mississippi’s health care program for the needy will have to cut services if it doesn’t get all the funding it’s requesting next legislative session.

Medicaid is asking for $168 million more in funding for fiscal year 2009. In addition, Medicaid needs $86 million to continue operations for the current fiscal year. Lawmakers would have to approve a deficit appropriation early next session.

At the same time, Robinson said Gov. Haley Barbour asked him and other agency heads to provide a spending proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1 that is 2.5 percent less than this year’s budget.