Mar. 7—JACKSON — After years of legislative roadblocks, both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature have passed legislation that gives low income pregnant people a full year of Medicaid coverage after birth, almost guaranteeing the policy will become law.

The House on Tuesday approved of Senate Bill 2212 by a 89-29 vote with virtually no debate. Rep. Steve Hopkins, R-Southaven, attempted to kill the legislation, but his efforts were handily rejected by the chamber.

The Senate earlier this year approved of the measure along bipartisan lines.

“If we care about babies, we must show that we care for and value their mothers who in most cases are their primary caregivers,” Republican Rep. Missy McGee of Hattiesburg said during the discussion about the legislation.  (Excerpt from Yahoo! News.)


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