Debate continues over Medicaid - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Legislature gets 2nd chance at Medicaid

Posted: Updated:
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Governor Phil Bryant has called a special session that will be focused on Medicaid. Lawmakers failed to pass legislation to re-authorize and fund the program during the regular session.

The session will begin just three days before Medicaid funding is set to expire. Governor Bryant has called on quick action by legislators when legislators reconvene. But for those enrolled in Medicaid, they're worried.

"You shouldn't play politics with people's lives," said Medicaid enrollee Anthony Giardina. "I mean whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, you should be able to have the compassion to care for the ones who need the help."

He says he can't afford the prescriptions he needs without the help of Medicaid.

"They don't do anything, that's when my clock, quote death clock starts ticking," said Giardina.

Reauthorization will be taken up first in the session. Still, positions on expanding Medicaid are split in more than just the legislature.

Those who work closely with patients on a daily basis have different concerns. The Mississippi Hospital Association released a statement that says, "The Mississippi Hospital Association supports Medicaid expansion as a way to cover more Mississippians and cut uncompensated care costs for our state's hospitals as disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments gradually diminish under the Affordable Care Act."

At the other end of the debate stands the Mississippi State Medical Association.

"Physicians fear that an expansion of Medicaid may not be financially sustainable and will impose on the state unintended consequences that will weaken provider capacity which is inadequate now and will worsen," said medical association President Dr. Steve Demetropolous.

No matter what's done in the special session, people like Anthony Giardina hope lawmakers consider Medicaid as the source of thousands of lifelines.

"All they're doing is juggling and playing with our lives," he said.

Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two teens charged with Gulfport man's murder

    Two teens charged with Gulfport man's murder

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:00:30 GMT
    Two Gulfport teens are charged with murder after police say they shot Lamont Hayes in his home last week and left him to die.More >>
    Two Gulfport teens are charged with murder after police say they shot Lamont Hayes in his home last week and left him to die. Monday night, investigators tracked down Jalen Shaquille Williams, 19, and arrested him at his home. Rashad Rejohn Johnson, 17, was arrested Monday at the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Facility, where he was being held on an unrelated charge.More >>
  • Two more Singing River Health System clinics set to close

    Two more Singing River Health System clinics set to close

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:10:42 GMT
    Singing River Health System has announced the closure of two more primary care clinics as part of a realignment program. The Gautier and D'Iberville facilities will close August 29.
    More >>
    We will rebound. That's Singing River Health System CEO Kevin Holland's response to the announcement that two clinics are closing in South Mississippi. Those facilities are in Gautier and D'Iberville. Holland said it's also unfortunate that several people will lose their jobs because of the closings.More >>
  • Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:54:09 GMT
    According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later Tuesday night.More >>
    An area of Gulfport still reeling from the brutal murder of a child last week was hit with another violent death Tuesday night. According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.