JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new study shows 137,800 low-income Mississippians fall into a health insurance "coverage gap."
They're currently uninsured. They earn too much to enroll in Medicaid but too little to qualify for government subsidies that would reduce their cost of buying private health insurance.
The study was released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
The health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010 originally would've made states expand Medicaid to people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. But the U.S. Supreme Court said in 2012 that expansion is optional.
Mississippi has rejected Medicaid expansion because Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature say the state can't afford it, even with the federal government paying most of the tab.