McCoy wants to meet with gov, lieutenant gov to talk about Medicaid

Published 3:27 pm Thursday, June 12, 2008

JACKSON (AP) — House Speaker Billy McCoy says he wants to sit down with the governor and lieutenant governor to try to work out differences on the Medicaid budget.

McCoy said Thursday that he wants a meeting to take place before lawmakers return to the Capitol June 26 to continue their special session.

Medicaid is a health care program for the needy. It faces a $90 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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