Black lawmakers support Medicaid expansion - - Jackson, MS

Black lawmakers support Medicaid expansion

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

The lawmakers say they will seek legislation to ratify covering more low income adults in the 2013 legislature.

The announcement came at the state capitol Tuesday afternoon.

"If the state of Mississippi doesn't take any action on the affordable care act, it's going to cost us much more money on the back end to take care of the Medicaid patients that become eligible for the service in the long run," said Senator Kenneth Wayne Jones.

Black caucus members, all democrats, would face republican opposition. Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, all republicans, oppose broader coverage, saying the state can't afford it.

Last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling left President Barack Obama's health care law intact, but allows the states to opt out of expanding Medicaid.

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