Group ‘reluctantly’ suspends Medicaid expansion ballot push

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The group pushing for expansion in MS has stopped its efforts after the state supreme court ruled the ballot initiative process in general is flawed.


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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A group that was pushing to get Medicaid expansion on the ballot in Mississippi is “reluctantly” suspending its campaign.

The decision comes after the state Supreme Court ruled Friday that a medical marijuana initiative passed by voters this fall is void because Mississippi’s initiative process is outdated. That effectively killed other initiatives for which people are already petitioning.

Organizers of Initiative 76 said in a statement that it is halting its campaign “until there is once again a functional ballot measure process in Mississippi.” Medicaid is a health insurance program for the needy, aged, blind and disabled. It is paid by federal and state money.


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