By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press
JACKSON — Expanding Medicaid might bring Mississippi more federal money the first few years but could cost the state millions from 2017 through 2025.
That’s according to a study released Monday by the state’s University Research Center. It says in 30 to 40 years “the benefits of Medicaid expansion might outweigh the costs.”
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says it would be too expensive to add hundreds of thousands of people to Medicaid under the federal health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010.
Washington would pay 100 percent of the costs of expanding Medicaid from 2014 to 2016. Between 2017 and 2020, the federal share would decrease to 90 percent and the states’ contribution would rise in stages to 10 percent, where the law says it’s supposed to stay.