Posts Tagged ‘poverty’

State’s Medicaid enrollment growing, spurred by Affordable Care Act

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable […] [...]

Report: Mississippi has worst child poverty rate in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Children’s Defense Fund analysis of new 2013 state data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals child poverty rates remain at record high levels, and Mississippi leads the nation in impoverished children. Children are the poorest age group, and the poorest are children of color and those under 6, according to […] [...]

Survey: Percentage of Coast families in poverty rising

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The percentage of families living below the poverty line in South Mississippi is on the rise. That’s according to the latest numbers released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In Hancock County, where the numbers from 2007-09 showed 11.6 percent of families were living in poverty and that percentage […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Report: State’s seniors most unhealthy in the U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seniors who live in Mississippi are the nation’s unhealthiest, according to the inaugural edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities. United Health Foundation commissioned the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report to examine the health of today’s seniors and to encourage […] [...]

Report shows wide disparity in counties’ health

by Published: March 21,2013

Tags: county, health, health care, medical, medicine, poverty, ranking, wealth

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In Mississippi’s healthiest county, many residents have easy access to bicycle paths and walking trails. In the least healthy county, there are few places to exercise and people on limited budgets might have to drive long distances to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. New rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Census report shows drop in household income

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Households in South Mississippi are continuing to earn less. That’s according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Elaine G. Wilkinson, executive director of the Gulf Regional Planning Commission, tells the Sun Herald it isn’t surprising to families living from paycheck to paycheck. According to the 2011 American Community Survey, the […] [...]

Tyson, Urban League partner to fight ‘food insecurity’

ADAMS COUNTY and WARREN COUNTY — Tyson Foods, in partnership with the National Urban League, has launched a grassroots, community-based hunger awareness and relief program that will provide resources to Mississippi citizens impacted by food insecurity. Dubbed the Urban League-Tyson Foods Hunger Project Mississippi, Tyson and the League are targeting the state because it has […] [...]

Habitat, other housing non-profits gain freedom from mortgage origination rules

A state law signed in late May relieves Mississippi’s Habitat for Humanity chapters of requirements that each chapter have a person certified to originate mortgages. That provision of the state’s version of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement Mortgage Licensing Act, or SAFE, mandated that any organization or individual originating more than five mortgages a […] [...]

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