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Governor testifies about state's need for healthcare flexibility

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour testified in Washington, D.C. Tuesday about the need for Mississippi and other states to have more flexibility under medicaid.

In Mississippi, it's estimated that medicaid will grow by almost 400,000 people, or two-thirds, when new eligibility standards take effect.

"I have been through personally in the last 15 months a state plan amendment and contract that took 15 months and at the end of 15 months, it was approved except that those who can't do the part that actually helps," Gov. Barbour said. "These are things that we shouldn't have to come up here and ask for. We ought to have the flexibility to run the program."

Governor Barbour told the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee the healthcare law will be too costly, increasing the size of medicaid rolls.

The governor says it will also siphon money from other needs like public schools and law enforcement.

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