Education vs. Medicaid = False Choice
The House Chairman of Appropriations’ letter to education leaders pitting education against expanding Medicaid omits a number of important facts in a way that is misleading to readers and presents a false choice between two of our state’s most critical priorities. In reality, accepting the federal fundsFederal Funds are earmarked by the U.S. government for specific state programs. They are appropriated annually by the Mississippi Legislature, but must be spent in keeping with federal rules. Depending on the federal rules associated with each program, the Legislature may have more or less flexibility in how the funds are spent. that have already been allocated to our state to cover more of Mississippi’s working families through Medicaid is a great deal for the state of Mississippi. It will help our economy, our state finances, and people’s health, and it will not take tax dollars from our schools. Click here to read more.
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MEPC Statement on Proposed Delay in Medicaid DSH Cuts
Today’s Budget Proposal by President Obama that includes a suggested delay in Medicaid DSH cuts for one year elevates the urgency for moving forward with Medicaid expansion for three reasons:
- If the delay is implemented, the initial cuts to hospitals will be much steeper than the ones currently scheduled to occur – and create more problems in local communities as hospitals manage the cuts.
- Over $600 million in Medicare DSH cuts are known and scheduled to take place in Mississippi hospitals – regardless of today’s announcement.
- Medicaid expansion remains an incredibly important opportunity. Mississippi should accept the federal fundsFederal Funds are earmarked by the U.S. government for specific state programs. They are appropriated annually by the Mississippi Legislature, but must be spent in keeping with federal rules. Depending on the federal rules associated with each program, the Legislature may have more or less flexibility in how the funds are spent. and cover more hard working families so that they can get the care they need before they get sick – not in the emergency room.
Finally, it is important to note that today’s proposal is just a proposal – and still must go through Congress.