Musgrove vetoes Medicaid bills

By Staff
From staff and wire reports
April 10, 2002
JACKSON Gov. Ronnie Musgrove's veto of two Medicaid bills drew sharp criticism from legislative leaders Tuesday.
Musgrove said the measures leave the health coverage program in poor financial shape next budget year and his action means lawmakers will return to the Capitol Friday to consider overriding the vetoes.
Musgrove's action drew immediate criticism from Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck and House Speaker Tim Ford, who accused him of "conducting a campaign of fear regarding the state Medicaid program.
For his part, Musgrove said in a veto message that the "consequences for health care will be devastating if no adjustments in the (fiscal year) 2003 budget for Medicaid are made." He said he wants Medicaid Executive Director Rica Lewis-Payton to be given more flexibility to run the program as she sees fit.
Ford and Tuck said they expect the vetoes to be overridden.
Lawmakers have given Medicaid $120 million less than program leaders requested for the budget year that starts July 1.
Musgrove said if legislators gave him the assurance of full funding, the state will not have to cut optional offerings, including nursing home services and some prescription drugs.
If you will assure me by written, hand-delivered letter today that the needed funds will be provided to ensure that these cuts will not have to be made, then I will not veto the bills and nursing home and prescription benefits will not be cut,'' Musgrove told legislative leaders.
Lawmakers returned to their homes last Friday, but arranged to return at the end of this week if Musgrove shot down budget bills. The three-month legislative session is set to end Friday afternoon.
One of the bills Musgrove vetoed Tuesday was Medicaid's budget for the coming year. The other has cost-cutting measures.
For every dollar Mississippi puts into Medicaid, the federal government puts in $3. That means a $120 million shortfall in state funds translates to a loss of $480 million in health services.

Russellville

ALDOT announces grants for municipal airports

Franklin County

Watermelon Festival Pageant crowns new queen

News

Roxy holds annual W.C. Handy’s Evening at the Roxy Great Pretenders Show

Franklin County

Distinguished Young Women deadline approaches

College Sports

NWSCC adds volleyball to growing Patriot athletics program

News

Russellville Parks and Rec adult softball league grows interest

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Thomas Randall Miller

Franklin County

Community Spirit Bank announces promotion

Franklin County

UPDATED: Russellville Police Department locates man wanted in three states

Franklin County

Local students earn collegiate honors

East Franklin

PHOTOS: East Franklin Junior High awards honors

News

Traveling band makes stop at Phil Campbell High School

News

Russellville Parks and Rec holds adult sandlot softball game

Galleries

PHOTOS: Community celebrates Fourth of July with annual Jam on Sloss Lake

News

Second Canadian Phil greeted by town

Franklin County

Franklin County Schools lead nurse school nurse named administrator of the year

News

Former Russellville resident performs in ‘Miracle Worker’

Galleries

PHOTOS: Russellville, Red Bay public libraries enjoy summer reading program events

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight: Robbie Richardson

News

University of Mississippi announces spring Chancellor’s Honor Roll

News

PHOTOS: Community turns out for Phil Campbell Festival

Franklin County

University of Alabama announces spring graduates

Franklin County

Dean’s, president’s lists students named for UA spring term

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Hugh Plott

x