Medicaid Hearing Public hearings to be held on Medicaid cuts

A series of public hearings on the state's plan to trim the Medicaid rolls will begin next week in Tupelo. 
    The hearings are being sponsored by a coalition of health advocacy groups, including the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Children's Defense Fund. 
    The first hearing will be Tuesday at the Mississippi State Extension Service Senior Citizens Program in Tupelo.
    Other forums will be held in Columbus, Hattiesburg, Gulfport, Greenville and Meridian.
    The Legislature approved the removal of about 65-thousand elderly and disabled people from the Medicaid rolls during the regular session, but many legislators want to reconsider the decision.
    Although the cuts are scheduled to take effect July first, Governor Haley Barbour, who advocated the reduction, is considering a delay.

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