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Medicaid presents lower fiscal year 2019 appropriation request

On Sept. 22, the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) executive director presented the budget request for fiscal year 2019 to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. The agency is requesting an appropriation of $984 million in state funds. The fiscal year 2019 initial appropriation request is lower than the previous requests for the last three years.

Important Facts

  • Medicaid is an essential program and provides health coverage for nearly 1 in 4 Mississippians.
  • Of the entire Medicaid budget, 95 percent goes to reimburse providers for health services.
  • Medicaid covers approximately 65 percent of all births in the state of Mississippi, and children up to age one.
  • Three people can be served through a Home and Community Based Waiver for the cost of  one person in a long term care facility.