Get ready to help poor Mississippians whose health insurance will be cut from the latest federal bill

The budget reconciliation bill approved at the end of the week is Democrats in US Senate and now pending a vote in the House does not provide relief to poor Mississippians trying to get health insurance.

He often appreciates the bill, Sharon Parrottthe president of Washington DC– fixed Center for Budget and Policy Matterssaid, “However, current funding does not make affordable health insurance available to the more than 2 million people with incomes below the poverty line who are uninsured because their states refused to expand Medicaid. The majority of Medicaid residents live in the South and three out of five are people of color.”

A previous version of the bill, which was considered last fall, provided a way for people living below the federal poverty level (approx. $13,550 per year) to get health insurance. The proposal was specifically designed to provide health care to the poor in 12 states, inclusive Mississippi, which did not expand Medicaid. But at the time, the Senate Democratic leadership could not get the 50 votes needed to pass the so-called reconciliation bill. Democratic leaders Joe Manchin about West Virginia and Kyrsten Cinema about Arizona he refused to go too far $3.5 trillion bill for various reasons, not related to health care.

Over the weekend, Sinema and Manchin stepped up to help reduce, $669 billion a type of reconciliation bill – called the Inflation Reduction Act – which provided many things, including:

– Different tax rates and other incentives for electric vehicles and other green energy technologies.

– A lower tax rate of 15% for large companies.

– Insulin cartridges for Medicare recipients.

– A system that allows Medicare to negotiate the cost of drugs.

– Continued declines in helping people buy private insurance on the health market exchanges.

The health care provision that was originally part of the bill but was removed from last week’s proposal would allow those who fall below the federal poverty level to receive special health care provided by the state through health exchanges.

Under current law, people with incomes below the federal poverty level are not eligible for market policies.

Two million Americans could get health care through the system, and many more are in it Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolinaaccording to the analysis of Judith Solomonhealth professional and organization of Center for Budget and Policy Matters. In particular, Republican politicians in the South have been opposed to the expansion of Medicaid.

In MississippiStudies have shown that between 200,000 and 300,000 mostly workers in Mississippi could receive benefits if the state expands Medicaid.

If Mississippi should expand Medicaid under current law, the state will pay 90% of health care costs while the state pays the rest. Gov. Father ReevesSpeaker of the House Philip Gunn and others disagree Mississippi they cannot pay for Medicaid expansion, even though many studies have found that the expansion, including the injection of billions of dollars in federal funds, would increase the amount that the government provides.

Of course, the waiting list in non-Medicaid states is a strong incentive to expand Medicaid. The federal American Rescue Plan, proposed in early 2021 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, provides additional incentives for states to expand Medicaid. Motivation in Mississippi expanding Medicaid is more than $600 million for two years.

The Inflation Relief Act is likely to pass the House in the coming days and be sent to the President Joe Bidenwho is expected to sign it into law.

— Subject of lease to Bobby Harrison in Mississippi Today