Mississippi officials spar over Medicaid cuts

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Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has joined an appeal to a federal court to postpone planned cuts to Medicaid funding. He, and others, want to know whether beneficiaries were given enough advance notice of changes.

Hood was looking for at least a temporary stall. He filed court papers early Thursday, hoping for a hearing Friday afternoon – the same day 65,000 people were to be removed under a cost-cutting plan proposed by Gov. Haley Barbour.

The governor claimed Hood's action was merely political posturing. Barbour added that those losing benefits had been helped with finding other coverage. Barbour had already postponed enactment of the cuts from July 1 to Oct.  1.

Several groups, including the National Senior Citizens Law Center and AARP, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Medicare cuts last Monday.