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Haley Barbour on Health Care

Republican MS Governor


Shift state some Medicaid recipients to federal Medicare

Mississippi Medicaid was bleeding badly - doubling in cost over 5 years -- and changes had to be made. Our dilemma was this: How to keep the Medicaid program sustainable while making sure everyone had adequate health care coverage?

A part of the solution was to move 47,000 state Medicaid recipients who are also eligible for federal Medicare (6% of all recipients - called PLADs, or Poverty Level Aged and Disabled) off of Medicaid and onto Medicare alone. The state program would be strengthened; those who were eligible for both programs would be off Medicaid, but have new Medicare coverage available to them. This change was necessary and appropriate because Mississippi is not rich enough to pay for what the federal government already provides. The 6% who are being shifted to Medicare need and must get quality health care. [We plan transition and sign-up assistance].

Source: Governor's Column Jun 29, 2004

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