Current Status of Medicaid Expansion in State:
State has decided not to expand, but subject to change.
Governor Bryant decided that the state would not expand Medicaid by execute order, but Mississippi House Democrats succeeded in blocking the Medicaid budget to force a vote on the expansion.
26% of Mississippi residents are enrolled in Medicaid. 76% of all beneficiaries have managed care. The current Medicaid program covers up to 200% FPL depending on the specific program. The Mississippi Division of Medicaid oversees the state's Medicaid program.
An expansion of Medicaid to 133% FPL would be a 41% increase over current enrollment.
The governor's office has said that while the ACA promises money to states, it would come with too many costs.
· Mississippi was one of the states that sued for repeal of the ACA.
· In his recommendation to the state legislature, Governor Bryant rejected a federally mandated solution and raising Medicaid costs.
· Mississippi has serious health issues, and supporters of the ACA fear that politics of the very conservative state will keep it from participating in a program that requires states to pay a portion of costs though it has accepted similar funding in the past for highway construction and disaster relief.
· Mississippi has created an education and outreach program for the exchange, but there has not been the same level of engagement for an expansion since the state decided against it.