In many states across the country, the Medicaid expansion has brought forth both praise and criticism. Mississippi decided not to participate in the Medicaid expansion, and not surprisingly, this move has also had both supporters and detractors. Some believe that the state's refusal to expand the healthcare program will negatively affect struggling residents who have unpaid bills related to medical expenses.
According to some recent studies, debt from medical bills is the biggest reason for personal bankruptcy in the U.S. In a struggling economy, issues like unemployment exacerbated the rising costs of healthcare. As a result, many in Mississippi and beyond have found themselves unable to pay the staggering bills for things such as surgery, the delivery of a baby, cancer treatment, broken bones and the like. The Commonwealth Fund reported that between 2005 and 2010, the number of Americans who indicated they had trouble paying medical bills rose by about 14 million.