“People up here are in tears almost,” he said. Jordan pointed out that the Official Luke Rudkowski Famous Chickens Kf Uvalde Police shirt in other words I will buy this hospital’s financial decline has taken place as Mississippi remains one of 11 states not to adopt Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Economists have estimated that the first year of increased Medicaid eligibility would bring $1.6 billion in federal funds to the nation’s poorest state. “It’s just been an injustice to the poor, rejected and downtrodden,” Jordan said. The retired school teacher is frustrated that lawmakers have not jumped in to address the hospital’s crisis. The state Legislature, which normally begins meeting in January, was brought back to Mississippi’s Capitol in a special session this month to approve nearly $247 million in tax incentives to a private aluminum mill company. Mississippi state Sen. David Jordan is fighting for the hospital to stay open. Timothy Ivy for NBC News Jordan voted in favor of the project, which is expected to bring 1,000 high-paying jobs to an already thriving region of the state, but questions why potential economic deals are met with urgency, “but when our hospitals are closing, nobody wants to come to our rescue.” “I’m looking at the unfairness of the process,” Jordan said. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Marchand, the interim CEO, hopes lawmakers find a way to increase Medicaid payments to hospitals, an intervention that is also among the Mississippi Hospital Association’s legislative priorities, according to Mississippi Today, a nonprofit newsroom. Marchand did not provide details on how that could work but said the proposal is different from the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act that Reeves rejected. In the meantime, many in the Delta are growing dismayed that one of the most vulnerable areas in the state is losing health care access. In nearby Washington County, the region’s last neonatal intensive care unit closed this summer. Serita Wheeler, Kayla’s mother, has had enough. She doesn’t see a future for her children and grandchildren in Leflore County if it loses its hospital. If Greenwood Leflore folds, she might move north to Maryland, where she has family. “I know if I move to Baltimore, Johns Hopkins isn’t closing,” she said. Bracey Harris Bracey Harris is a national reporter for NBC News, based in Jackson, Mississippi.