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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 […] [...]

House passes Medicaid reauthorization during day one of special session

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers appear to be on track to renew and fund Medicaid beyond this coming weekend, when the program is set to expire. In the opening day of a special session yesterday, the House voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize the existence of the program and to set its budget. Bills also must pass the […] [...]

Governor calls special session to keep Medicaid afloat

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he’s calling lawmakers into special session at 10 a.m. Thursday to keep the state’s Medicaid program alive and funded once the new state fiscal year begins July 1. The Republican is not asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid, which is an option under the federal health care law […] [...]

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 […] [...]

MDA says it will meet HUD’s requirement for jobs at port

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Development Authority intends for 51 percent of new jobs at the state port to be filled by low- to moderate-income residents. But the agency never said current jobs would meet that goal. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has raised concerns over job numbers. The Sun Herald reports MDA […] [...]

Epps receives letter asking to leave work centers open

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Faith-based groups and advocates led by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU are asking Mississippi prison officials to drop plans to close four community work centers. Inmates in the centers do chores for local governments. The groups sent a letter to Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps this week, saying the work […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Medicaid to pay Health workers; dozens of jobs saved

JACKSON — Mississippi Medicaid officials will resume paying state Health Department workers to help women with high-risk pregnancies. The agreement, announced Friday, starts June 1 and runs through June 30, 2014. Medicaid has typically paid the Health Department more than $8.5 million a year for the program. The new agreement reverses last month’s decision by […] [...]

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. […] [...]

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