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Health care zone plans submitted

 Canton Mayor Arnel Bolden speaks during the Governor's Health Care Economic Development Summit on Thursday in Jackson. / Joe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger

Gov. accepts 11 counties' submissions
By Jeff Ayres | Clarion-Ledger | August 15, 2013

Gov. Phil Bryant's desire to create health care economic-development zones throughout Mississippi took an important step forward Thursday. 

But growing Mississippi's health care industry can't truly happen until Medicaid is expanded, something Bryant has vehemently resisted, says Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran. Doing so would create thousands of jobs in itself, she said, and would provide health care access to 300,000 additional people in Mississippi.

"We're already experiencing negative consequences," she said, noting several Coast hospitals have had to make layoffs because Medicaid hasn't widened, plus the ongoing recession.

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