Mississippi lawmakers push Medicaid expansion bill with work requirements

Mississippi lawmakers have introduced a bill that would expand Medicaid for an estimated 250,000 residents, ABC affiliate WAPT reported Feb. 19. 

The proposal would require recipients to have a job, seek employment or pay some form of premium for care, according to the report. 

The state's governor, Tate Reeves, has been a staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion, according to the report. 

Mississippi is one of 10 states that has not expanded Medicaid under the ACA. Lawmakers in another one of those states, Kansas, are also weighing an expansion with work requirements this year.

Georgia, another of those 10 states, in July partially expanded Medicaid with work requirements. The program has been slow to gain participants. Georgia also is suing the federal government to keep the partial expansion program running through Sept. 30, 2028. 

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