The Washington Post has the details on how the fight over expanding Medicaid (as part of Obamacare) "has gotten ugly" in Mississippi, "where a standoff in the legislature is pushing the state toward a cliff. Without a last-minute agreement, Medicaid may cease altogether there on July 1."
The Post continues, "Most people think it won’t come to that, but given the unpredictable nature of the fight over Obamacare, advocates and hospitals there are growing understandably concerned. Some 700,000 people are on the Medicaid rolls in Mississippi, and the program represents about 16 percent of the state’s hospital revenue."
Politico reports, "Hospitals and nursing homes are jittery about disrupting care for patients and losing critical funds."
As ThinkProgress points out, "The United Health Foundation has consistently ranked Mississippi as the least healthiest state in the United States, with high rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and preventable cancers like colon cancer and breast cancer. The Magnolia State also has the highest poverty rate and the lowest income of any state."
- Bob Davis