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Pediatricians supporting the expansion of Medicaid

JACKSON — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the largest professional organization of pediatricians in the United States and in Mississippi, favors Medicaid expansion. AAP announced its position in a news release. In part, the release said: “Pediatricians in the state of Mississippi, a predominately conservative group with conservative values, were recently surveyed about Medicaid […] [...]

Dems look for new way to pass Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they’re trying a new approach to push for Medicaid expansion — an issue they support and Republican leaders oppose. Democrats hold a minority of seats in the House and Senate and they’ve pushed unsuccessfully this legislative session to bring up Medicaid expansion for debate in either chamber. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Lawmakers still hoping to debate Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are holding onto a chance to debate Medicaid expansion in the next few weeks, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose growth in the program. With no debate yesterday, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a bill to keep Medicaid in business after the budget year ends June 30. Some […] [...]

Some lawmakers balk, but Medicaid expansion still has chance

JACKSON — Some state senators aren’t ready to expand Medicaid, but they are keeping the option alive for later in the session. The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee passed Senate Bill 2207 yesterday. The measure reauthorizes the government health insurance for the poor. Committee members rejected an amendment from Sen. John Horhn, a Jackson […] [...]

Medicaid debate highlights divide in Legislature

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they’re trying to preserve the option of expanding Medicaid in the state, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose adding hundreds of thousands more people to the government health insurance for the poor. The Democrats’ votes helped kill a bill yesterday that would keep […] [...]

State lawmakers file bill to nullify federal law

JACKSON — Mississippi defied the union during the Civil War and civil rights era, and at least two lawmakers think it is time to do so again. Republican state Reps. Gary Chism and Jeff Smith, both of Columbus, filed a bill this month to form the Joint Legislative Committee on the Neutralization of Federal Laws. […] [...]

Health care execs concerned if Medicaid is not expanded

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Some Mississippi hospital administrators say they worry about bad financial consequences if the state doesn’t expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul. Specifically, they worry hospitals will have to continue providing care for uninsured people even if the federal government stops reimbursing part of the expense. Officials say there’s a lot […] [...]

AG rules commissioner has health insurance exchange authority

by Associated Press Published: January 16,2013

Tags: agency, exchange, government, governor, health care reform, health insurance, insurance, law, legal, state

JACKSON — Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has the authority to establish and manage a health insurance exchange, according to a legal opinion released by the state Attorney General’s Office. Exchanges are online marketplaces where people can shop for insurance. Under the federal health law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, every state is required […] [...]

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