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State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R, Dist. 42) says disproportionate share payments to hospitals will continue, even if the state decides against expanding Medicaid. State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R, Dist. 42) says disproportionate share payments to hospitals will continue, even if the state decides against expanding Medicaid.
JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

House Democratic leaders are offering a compromise on Medicaid expansion. They want a bill that would expand Medicaid only if the federal government discontinues disproportionate share payments to hospitals. Those payments are made to offset costs of treating uninsured patients. 

Gov. Bryant believes the payments will continue no matter what the state decides on expanding Medicaid.  Democrats are concerned they could be greatly reduced or eliminated, causing local hospitals to layoff employees.     

State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R, Dist. 42) agrees with Gov. Bryant that the disproportionate payments will continue.

"The (disproportionate) payments have been around for many years now," said McDaniel. I don't believe the Feds are going to discontinue those payments. I think they would only discontinue to the extent that Medicaid expansion does take place. If expansion does not take place, I still believe those payments would come through despite their threats," he said. 

McDaniel was in Jefferson Davis County Wednesday night, speaking at an annual law enforcement appreciation service at Santee Baptist Church. 

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