The Mississippi Senate and House on Friday adopted a compromise plan to save money in the Medicaid program with a series of program reductions.
The curtailing services and reductions in reimbursements to doctors and pharmacists who participate in Medicaid are to save $60 million to $70 million a year and help bail Medicaid out of financial turmoil.
The compromise now goes to Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.
Medicaid officials fear they will run out of money next week, leaving the 650,000-plus recipients with no medical help. Lawmakers were trying to reach a quick compromise.
The Medicaid program is running a deficit of $158 million in the fiscal year that ends June 30.
The compromise includes a 5 percent reduction in state-paid fees to doctors and hospitals. The bill also takes millions of dollars from a tobacco trust fund this year and next, with a provision that the money be repaid in more robust economic times.
The conferees agreed to increase the $2 per bed now paid by nursing homes to $3 per bed. That would bring in about $6.7 million, said Medicaid executive director Rica Lewis Payton.
Nursing homes would not be cut the 5 percent. Medicaid is a federal-state health care plan for the needy, aged, blind and disabled.
Here's a glance at some proposed Medicaid changes in a compromise bill approved Friday by the House and Senate: