Sam Hall – Reeves Staffer Makes Good Point About My Column On Medicaid Reauthorization

Laura Hipp with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ office emailed me today in relation to my column on Medicaid reauthorization and funding.

Specifically, she offered thoughts on this line: “If the GOP leadership — Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn — really are dedicated to getting Medicaid reauthorized and funded, then they’ll allow debate on the expansion of Medicaid.”

Here’s what Laura wrote me in response to it:

During the regular session, the Senate had a debate on Medicaid. Senate Bill 2207, which reauthorized the program for one year, was debated in committee. Sen. Horhn offered an amendment to expand Medicaid coverage, and the committee debated the amendment and voted against the it. The bill moved to the Senate floor where SB 2207 passed without expanding Medicaid. The bill was sent to the House where it was referred to the Rules Committee and died.

Lt. Gov. Reeves is ready to work in a special session to pass the same bill reauthorizing Medicaid without expansion if Gov. Bryant calls legislators back to Jackson.

Sam Hall
6/16/13