Miss. House passes Medicaid expansion bill with work requirement

The plan still needs approval from the Senate and Gov. Tate Reeves.
Mississippi House Medicaid Committee Chairwoman Rep. Missy McGee (R) at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The Mississippi House passed a bill Wednesday that would make the state the 41st to expand Medicaid, potentially setting the stage for a seismic shift in a state that has struggled with some of the country’s worst mortality statistics and rural hospital closure rates.

Senate Majority Leader Delbert Hosemann (R) has signaled his support for a companion bill in his chamber. But any proposal would face a potential veto from Gov. Tate Reeves (R), a stalwart opponent of Medicaid expansion.

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