Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood was scheduled to appear before a federal judge in Jackson today to request a temporary postponement of a plan to cut thousands of state residents from Medicaid, reports said. The Medicaid reform plan by Gov. Haley Barbour was scheduled to take effect today.
Earlier this week, a group of Mississippi residents filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to stop the plan, which was approved by the state Legislature. Hood said he wants to be sure that about 65,000 affected Medicaid recipients have received fair notice and hearings.
The governor has said that those individuals will all receive health coverage through other programs. A spokesman for Hood did not return calls before deadline.