August 30, The New York Times, Associated Press, Leah Willingham – Medicaid is a government health insurance program for the needy, aged, blind and disabled, and it is paid by state and federal money. Because Mississippi is poor, the federal government pays nearly 78% of the cost. Under expansion, the federal government pays 90% of the cost in any state. About 25% of Mississippi’s nearly 3 million residents are already enrolled in Medicaid, and opponents have said they don’t want more people taking part in a government program. Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, said hospitals are in desperate need of the dollars. Uncompensated care costs in Mississippi exceed $600 million annually, according to a 2019 statement from the Mississippi Hospital Association.