Rep. Cheikh Taylor, D-Starkville, stepped to the podium for his first time ever last week to offer a significant amendment to the House Medicaid legislation. Instead of offering drug treatment for opioid-addicted Medicaid beneficiaries, Taylor's amendment would allow any Mississippian on Medicaid suffering from addiction to any drug listed in two parts of the state's illegal drugs schedule to receive services. "This amendment will reduce recidivism and allow our men and women to be with their families to be back in homes for treatment," Taylor told the House. At first, Republican Rep. Gary Staples, R-Laurel, requested a fiscal note on the amendment, which would have essentially killed the attempt. However, he withdrew his request after he saw...
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