Medicaid Enrollment Rises Whether We Like It Or Not

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Governor Bryant consistently rejects calls to expand health care access for hundreds of thousands of working Mississippians. That's not really news at this point. What is newsworthy is that while Bryant continues to reject expansion, increased enrollment in Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act is causing the state's Medicaid budget to increase with the state bearing greater - and avoidable - costs of enrollment.Before open enrollment in the state's federally-run marketplace began, Mississippi had 714,055 enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP (the Children's Health Insurance Program). In March 2014, Mississippi's Medicaid enrollment was nearly 731,876 - a 2.5 percent increase. Bear

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