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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. […] [...]

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 — […] [...]

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 […] [...]

New program aimed at helping the poor plan for college

JACKSON — A new effort wants people nationwide to help poor children in Mississippi and San Francisco save for college. The 1:1 Fund is being launched by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. In Mississippi, the marketing effort expands on the Mississippi College Savings Account Program. And it has helped more than 500 children in Jackson, […] [...]

Search continues to replace jailed housing authority director

LELAND — A committee looking for a new leader for the South Delta Regional Housing Authority has narrowed the field of 95 applicants down to five. It plans to present the top three candidates to the board in coming months. SDRHA board attorney Kelly Hardwick tells the Delta Democrat Times there is no timetable to […] [...]

Supervisors ask hospital to fund DHA-operated clinic

GREENWOOD — Leflore County’s publicly owned hospital has been asked to give $75,000 to keep a local clinic operating through the end of the year. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the request from Leflore County supervisors must be approved by the city of Greenwood and the board of Greenwood Leflore Hospital. The clinic is one of […] [...]

County goes to cost-approach policy on Section 42 housing

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County is changing how it determines the value of Section 42 low-income house for tax purposes. Tax collector/assessor Greg Andrews tells the Commercial Dispatch the county will start using a “cost” approach. “The cost approach means I measure a house and price it by the square footage and we note whether the […] [...]

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