Hundreds of thousands of Mississippians are in need of quality health care. While some lawmakers believe that expanding our state’s Medicaid program will provide access to that care, doing so would bear serious unintended consequences.
In fact, Medicaid expansion would place at risk the very Mississippians the program was designed to protect – the truly vulnerable who depend on Medicaid now – in favor of able-bodied adults.
There is a better way.
State lawmakers could significantly expand access to care for more Mississippians by removing artificial barriers to care, such as certificate-of-need (CON) laws and restrictions on telemedicine.
CON laws limit access to care by forcing health care providers seeking to open new facilities or provide new services in many rural and underserved areas to first receive permission from their potential competitors and, ultimately, the government. These laws have a chilling effect on healthy competition, limiting access to care and keeping costs high.
Expanding telemedicine would allow consumers to use technology to access a wide variety of medical services that may otherwise stand out of reach.
Urge lawmakers to reject Medicaid expansion and instead pursue common sense reforms to expand access to quality health care!