State, federal Medicaid debates closely watched

TUPELO – The people who take care of Medicaid recipients are watching both state and federal lawmakers closely.

In the short term, Mississippi legislators have to handle a nearly $90 million deficit in the state’s funding. Any cuts trigger decreases in federal matching funds and cuts to providers.

For the longer term, they are watching debates at the federal level, where shifting Medicaid funding to federal block grants could significantly reshape the money available.

Daily Journal
1/29/17