Posts Tagged ‘Affordable Care Act’

SCOTT: A health care reform primer

Three years ago this month, one of the most significant changes in the U.S. health care system in history was signed into law. On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became a fact of life. Its opponents challenged its constitutionality and lost at the Supreme Court in June of last […] [...]

Florida, Arkansas looking at hybrid approaches to Medicaid expansion

by Published: March 15,2013

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Arkansas, Florida, Medicaid expansion

As deadlines near for state legislatures to either accept or reject the Obama administration’s offer of billions of dollars to expand Medicaid, the governors of Arkansas and Florida are working to convince their legislatures to accept alternatives routes to expansion. Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas have presented their […] [...]

Hospital execs strike urgent note on alternatives to Medicaid expansion

The Mississippi Legislature is set to adjourn April 7 with no deal in sight on a federal offer to expand Medicaid. The ticking clock has executives of hospitals around the state worried that time will expire and hospitals and the entire health care sector will suffer the consequences, putting about 9,000 jobs at risk. Ahead […] [...]

Status quo on Medicaid leaves state behind

Where have you been? That’s a question Mississippi’s hospital executives should have to answer as the Legislature winds down and Republican leaders in both houses refuse to think pragmatically about expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. The hospital CEOs and the Mississippi Hospital Association seem to have been largely absent from the wrangling […] [...]

Breaking up that old gang of mine: Bryant’s Medicaid holdout partners grow fewer

by Published: February 22,2013

Tags: Affordable Care Act, healthcare, Medicaid, Obamacare, Phil Bryant

The number of governors refusing to accept the federal offer of hundreds of millions of dollars for expanding Medicaid to their state’s working poor is dwindling, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott last Wednesday joining Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich and Michigan’s Rick Snyder in accepting the offer. More than two dozen governors continue to hold out […] [...]

Not all embrace electronic health record law

by Published: December 14,2012

Tags: Affordable Care Act, healthcare reform, Obamacare

While physicians and medical practices are eligible for federal grants to institute electronic health records, not everyone is convinced that it will make for a better medical practice. Dr. Dwalia S. South, North Mississippi Primary Care in Ripley, who has been transitioning to EHRs in the past six months, describes it as one of the […] [...]

Doctors concerned about Affordable Care Act may decide to simply retire

Recent polling indicates as many as 83 percent of doctors across the country are unhappy with the Affordable Care Act and some doctors are even saying that it will result in them retiring early. In states like Mississippi with shortages of physicians, that could make a bad situation worse. There was discussion before the election […] [...]

Proposed Medicaid expansion could create 9,000 jobs

The proposed Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, would add 400,000 state residents to Medicaid, which a University Research Center report predicts would create 9,000 new jobs in Mississippi. Former state economist Phil Pepper points out that is as many jobs as generated by the Nissan and […] [...]

Few issues are more important for the state than healthcare

There are few issues that are more important or pressing for Mississippi businesses and consumers than the question of health care. As most of us are aware, the Magnolia State ranks far down the list in terms of the health of our population. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer — these are generally more impacting on […] [...]

State analysis pinpoints state share of Medicaid expansion through 2025

A math problem with a very big human element. That is a description an executive with the Mississippi Hospital Association recently gave the question of whether the state should expand its Medicaid rolls to include several hundred thousand of Mississippi low-income residents. The math part of the question came closer to an answer last week […] [...]

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