FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mississippi - This week, a growing coalition of Mississippi doctors, nurses, patients, small business owners, non-profit organizations, health advocates, and hospitals launched a statewide campaign to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot.
ACLU of Mississippi is proud to be an initial supporter of the ballot measure, along with the Mississippi Hospital Association, Mississippi NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund, Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Mississippi Center for Justice, and Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.
After waiting a decade for state politicians to fix a problem that has left more than 200,000 hardworking Mississippians without healthcare, the medical community and voters across the state declared they had waited long enough, kicking off what is expected to be one of the largest, broadest, non-partisan ballot campaigns in the state’s history. State leadership's refusal to expand Medicaia has long been disproportionately affecting Black Mississippians, and we need to change that.
"States that have expanded Medicaid have seen dramatic improvements in healthcare outcomes, often in areas that greatly impact Black communities," said Jarvis Dortch, executive Director of ACLU of Mississippi.
Mediciad is an equity issue. It means access to healthcare for individuals making less than $18,000 a year or a family of four earning less than $37,000. In rural communities, it means more jobs in healthcare and keeping our rural hospitals open.
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