Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are both making national health care news, with Bryant declaring that no one in Mississippi or elsewhere in the nation is without health care and Jindal for cutting off Medicaid funding that provides hospice care for the terminally ill.
Jindal expects his state to save from $1 million to $3 million annually by forcing the dying to die somewhere other than a Medicaid funded hospice (in neighboring Mississippi, perhaps?).
Bryant, in an interview with Kaiser Health News, defended his opposition to expanding Medicaid in the state and allowing the state to set up a health care insurance exchange. Mississippians, he told Kaiser, can always go to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.
Bryant said his fear is that a health care insurance exchange in Mississippi could drive up Medicaid enrollment by 300,000 people. However, he opposes accepting billions in federal dollars to help cover Medicaid expansion, arguing the state’s estimated multi-year share of $400 million to $500 million would be impossible to fund without raising taxes.
Here is Bryant’s Q&A with Kaiser.
Here is the latest Associated Press story on Jindal’s plan to end hospice care funding in February.