Proponents of putting another 288,000 on Medicaid in Mississippi contend that Medicaid expansion would serve as long overdue relief to the state’s large number of uninsured and provide a boost to the economy.
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said adding 400,000 people to Medicaid would cost about $1.7 billion over a decade. GOP House Speaker Philip Gunn called the expansion a “budget-buster” for the state.
Democrats say the poorest state in the Union can’t afford to turn down additional federal dollars for public health care. Advocacy groups are also beating the drums in favor of the state moving forward with a Medicaid expansion and many of the state’s hospitals support the expansion as well.