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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they’re trying a new approach to push for Medicaid expansion — an issue they support and Republican leaders oppose.

Democrats hold a minority of seats in the House and Senate and they’ve pushed unsuccessfully this legislative session to bring up Medicaid expansion for debate in either chamber. They sent Republican Gov. Phil Bryant a letter Wednesday, saying they want to file a bill specifying that the state will expand Medicaid only if the federal government cuts “disproportionate share” payments to hospitals.

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