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Hospital system expects millions in losses from federal cuts

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest Health hospital system is expecting its first red ink since 2007. The projected $2.5 million loss for fiscal 2014 is from federal cuts, including payments for uninsured patients, CEO Evan Dillard told The Hattiesburg American. Forrest General alone is expected to lose $3.7 in such “disproportionate share” payments, he said in […] [...]

State applies for SHOP insurance marketplace

JACKSON — On Aug. 28, the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations that will now allow states to apply to operate a state-based free market Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace. “Mississippi is in a position to begin operation of a free market SHOP marketplace in the first quarter of […] [...]

Bryant: Get government out of health care

JACKSON — Mississippi needs to pursue private investment in health care businesses to promote job creation and improve the quality of life, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant told an audience of about 700 people Thursday at a state chamber of commerce event. The state has long been one of the poorest in the nation, and it […] [...]

CEO says Medicaid extension will save Delta hospital $7M

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Legislature’s decision to extend Medicaid will save Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville about $7 million. DRMC CEO J. Stansel Harvey tells the Delta Democrat Times that numbers from 2011, the most recent available, show 70 percent of patients in Greenville receive coverage through either Medicaid or the federal Medicare program. […] [...]

Lawmakers keep Medicaid alive — and go home

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers adjourned their two-day special session late Friday after passing bills to keep Medicaid alive and funded for the new fiscal year that starts Monday. Republicans hold the majority in the House and Senate, and they blocked Democrats’ efforts to extend Medicaid to another 300,000 low-income people — additional coverage that is […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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