Governor signs Medicaid bailout plan

Governor signs Mississippi Medicaid bailout plan

The Associated Press

JACKSON Gov. Ronnie Musgrove signed a bill Wednesday to shore up Mississippi’s financially starved Medicaid program, even though he says the plan won’t cover the program’s entire budget shortfall.

“On the whole, there are some tremendous benefits to the bill and some concerns about the bill,” Musgrove said.

He signed the bill just hours after it cleared the House 99-16 and the Senate 40-11.

Lawmakers said it will cover most of a $158 million deficit for the budget year that ends June 30. Musgrove said it would cover all but $29.5 million of the deficit and more cuts could be needed in the coming months.

The bills are House Bills 1200 and 1814.

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