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Sat Sep 18, 2021, 10:56 PM

Mississippi economist refutes politicians' claim that state cannot afford Medicaid expansion

The most common refrain of prominent Mississippi elected officials who have long rejected the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act — that the state cannot afford the costs of the program — was refuted this month by the state’s leading economic expert.

State Economist Corey Miller, a researcher employed by the state’s public university system, released a comprehensive report the week of Sept. 14 showing that expanding Medicaid would effectively pay for itself and the state would incur no new expenditures.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government would cover 90% of the health care costs related to expansion, while Mississippi would have to cover 10%. The economists found that the 10% state match would be more than covered by health care-related savings to the state and new tax revenue generated.

Two of Mississippi’s most prominent elected officials — Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn — oppose Medicaid expansion, repeating that the state cannot afford the costs. But this week’s research directly refutes their claim for Mississippi, one of just 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid.

Read more: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2021/09/17/mississippi-afford-medicaid-expansion-cost-state-economist-report/8363292002/
(Jackson Clarion Ledger)

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Sun Sep 19, 2021, 08:40 AM

1. Not expanding Medicaid under the current conditions is insane.

Money spent on early care, preventative care, and health maintenance pays for itself many times over in reduced costs down the road.

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