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Chaney says some may have no access to federal health insurance

JACKSON — Many Mississippians may have no options when the new federal health insurance marketplace starts enrolling customers in October. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says two insurers have announced offerings so far, and they plan to serve 46 of Mississippi’s 82 counties. Unless something changes, consumers in remaining counties will have no options to buy […] [...]

Hood says governor cannot legally operate Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor does not have the legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order, Attorney General Jim Hood said in a nonbinding legal opinion issued Wednesday. The opinion from Hood, a Democrat, contradicts Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The governor has said for weeks that he thinks he can run the […] [...]

Ethics Commission: GOP lawmakers can vote on Medicaid

JACKSON — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has cleared the way for six Republican lawmakers to vote on Medicaid issues. The lawmakers sought ethics guidance because they have potential financial conflicts. The commission vote today was 5-3. The Republican votes could be important if Gov. Phil Bryant calls lawmakers into session later this month to keep […] [...]

State’s GOP comes out against increased Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Party leaders have adopted a resolution saying they oppose Medicaid expansion. State GOP chairman Joe Nosef said today that the party executive committee acted on the document Monday. He says it’s a way to support Republican elected officials, including Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. […] [...]

Democratic lawmakers propose Medicaid expansion alternative

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are proposing a way to provide health coverage to about 300,000 people without expanding Medicaid. They say Mississippi should enact a plan similar to what Arkansas is proposing — using federal money to help low-income people buy private health insurance. About two-dozen Democrats from the House and Senate […] [...]

Dems crafting Medicaid proposal ahead of possible special session

JACKSON — Mississippi legislative Democrats say they’re working on proposals to keep Medicaid alive and funded in the budget year that starts July 1. They say they’re doing this in case Republican Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session before the end of June. However, Bryant said last week he believes he can run Medicaid […] [...]

Governor says he can run Medicaid; questions challengers

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks he can run Medicaid even if lawmakers don’t reauthorize the program or set its budget by the time the state’s new fiscal year starts July 1. “As head of the Governor’s Division of Medicaid, I will do all I can to continue and to provide Medicaid to […] [...]

Governor says proposed budget undercuts Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Top Mississippi Republicans say their opposition to Medicaid expansion is getting a boost from an unlikely source — President Barack Obama. The Democratic president released his proposed federal budget yesterday. It includes a one-year delay in reduction of “disproportionate share” Medicaid payments — money hospitals receive for treating large numbers of uninsured patients. […] [...]

Lawmakers’ disagreement shows divide over Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Two lawmakers who spoke at a press luncheon yesterday disagreed about whether Mississippi should expand Medicaid, reflecting the partisan split that left the health program in limbo when the House and Senate ended their three-month session last week. Democratic Sen. David Blount, of Jackson, said adding an estimated 300,000 people to Medicaid — […] [...]

Non-vote on Medicaid expansion could prompt special session

JACKSON — The Mississippi House yesterday failed for the second time to adopt the Medicaid budget, making a special session highly likely before the fiscal year starts July 1. House Bill 1653 needed support from a majority of elected House members. Instead, Monday’s vote was 57 in favor and 50 against, a few votes shy […] [...]

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