Mississippi governor intends to cut millions from Medicaid - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Mississippi governor intends to cut millions from Medicaid

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour intends to cut millions of dollars from Medicaid.

Barbour is upset House Democrats will not approve his plan to restructure hospital taxes -- a plan he says would help with a $90 million hole in the Medicaid budget.

Barbour filed paperwork Friday to start the cuts.

On Thursday, a chancery court judge ruled against the governor and the Division of Medicaid, who wanted to charge a gross revenue tax on hospitals to pay for Medicaid.

Now Barbour says he has no other choice but to cut the Medicaid budget, and has advice for recipients: "They ought to talk to their house members and get their house members to quit holding their doctors and nursing home hostage to the house members political agenda. That's what I'd have my doctor do."

The governor said while hospitals will bear most of the cuts, home health, dentists, pharmacists and nursing homes will also see cuts.

Barbour says the cuts will take effect August 6 unless lawmakers fix the program's budget before then.

The House and Senate return to the Capitol on August 4 to continue a special session.

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