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Battle of Medicaid expansion continues in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi House Democrats said they are trying to bring pressure on Republicans to revive a Medicaid bill that’s blocked in a committee. Republicans, meanwhile, say Democrats are playing politics with a government health insurance program that covers about one in every five Mississippi residents. The Mississippi Medicaid program is up for renewal this […] [...]

Medicaid expansion battle still raging in House

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans are again trying to thwart long-shot efforts by Democrats to expand Medicaid, with each side accusing the other of endangering coverage for low-income people who are already on the program. The House Rules Committee yesterday blocked a Medicaid bill that had already been passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 2207 […] [...]

Chaney disputes report; hasn’t shelved insurance exchange plans

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says details for an online marketplace for Mississippians to shop for insurance policies are place and nothing further needs to be done until after the November election. A Chaney spokesman told the Associated Press on Friday that it was incorrect to suggest that plan has been placed on hold. Spokesman […] [...]

Chaney moving ahead with insurance exchange despite opposition

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he’s going to keep moving forward with plans for a state-run insurance exchange, despite opposition. More than 30 tea party members yesterday attended a meeting of a committee that’s drafting recommendations to Chaney for how Mississippi’s exchange should look. They want Chaney to abandon his effort as […] [...]

Senators file amicus brief challenging health care reform

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are among 43 Senators who have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a multi-state legal challenge to a federal mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. The amicus brief was filed with the Supreme Court Monday in support […] [...]

Judge puts brakes on portion of state’s healthcare reform lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge has put on hold portions of a Mississippi lawsuit against Obama administration’s healthcare law. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, in a ruling issued Nov. 23, stayed consideration of parts of the April 2010 lawsuit not involving medical privacy issues. He said those issues were pending before the Supreme Court in […] [...]

Appeals panel denies bond for doctor charged with chemo fraud

SUMMIT — A federal appeals panel has upheld the denial of bond for a doctor charged in a chemotherapy fraud case that authorities say swindled millions from Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, and two others are charged with numerous federal crimes for allegedly participating in a scheme […] [...]

Judge sets trial date for chemotherapy fraud case

SUMMIT — A federal judge has set a Feb. 7 trial date for a doctor and two others charged in a massive chemotherapy fraud case that authorities say swindled millions from Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, and two others are charged with numerous federal crimes for allegedly […] [...]

Five more sentenced for healthcare insurance fraud

BRANDON — Five women have been sentenced from three to eight years in prison for helping bilk the state out of more than $500,000 in a healthcare fraud scheme. The Clarion-Ledger reports the women were sentenced in Rankin County Circuit Court by Judge John Emfinger. So far, 11 people have pleaded guilty and been sentenced. […] [...]

Cancer doctor pleads not guilty to fraud charges

SUMMIT — A cancer doctor stood shackled before a federal judge yesterday and pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing millions of dollars from Medicaid and Medicare by diluting chemotherapy drugs and reusing old needles on multiple patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, said little other than to […] [...]

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