Tag Archives: Medicaid

Kaiser: 204,000 in state can get health insurance tax credits

November 6, 2013

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Once the federal government’s health insurance marketplace Web portal – healthcare.gov – is actually working, 204,000 uninsured Mississippians will be eligible for tax credits that can be used to lower the price of premiums on the exchange, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says. The Kaiser Foundation estimates the 204,000 has the potential […]

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Lt. Gov. Reeves releases statement on Medicaid special session

June 24, 2013

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“I have talked with Gov. Bryant and Speaker Gunn, and we have agreed the House will take up Medicaid reauthorization first. I support extending the agency for one year to study ways to reform the program, improve care and find efficiencies to save money. “Earlier this year, the Senate reauthorized and funded Medicaid without expansion […]

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CRAWFORD: Is a taint of tyranny infecting our Medicaid standoff?

May 15, 2013

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The dictionary defines “tyranny” as oppressive power exerted by government. Founder Thomas Jefferson warned “Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” Is a taint of tyranny infecting our Medicaid standoff? Compare the Senate’s actions with those […]

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CRAWFORD: Gov. Phil Bryant is no fool

March 9, 2013

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Most politicians know Mr. Pot should think twice before calling Mr. Kettle names. Oh, they can enthusiastically besmirch each other’s policies and positions, but name calling besmirches the namer more than the named. So it was in Rep. Steve Holland’s hand written note last week to Gov. Phil Bryant. “I think you’re a fool to […]

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OUR VIEW: Status Quo on Medicaid leaves state behind

March 6, 2013

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Where have you been? That’s a question Mississippi’s hospital executives should have to answer as the Legislature winds down and Republican leaders in both houses refuse to think pragmatically about expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. The hospital CEOs and the Mississippi Hospital Association seem to have been largely absent from the wrangling […]

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Controversial stands on health care put Bryant, Jindal in spotlight

January 23, 2013

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are both making national health care news, with Bryant declaring that no one in Mississippi or elsewhere in the nation is without health care and Jindal for cutting off Medicaid funding that provides hospice care for the terminally ill. Jindal expects his state to save from […]

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White House tells Mississippi, Medicaid expansion is ‘all-or-nothing’ deal

December 11, 2012

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Mississippi and other states reluctant to accept full participation in the Affordable Health Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid learned today they can forget about gaining a full share of Obamacare funding. Gov. Phil Bryant and Republican leaders in the Legislature have insisted the state won’t join in the expansion of Medicaid to cover more than […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Medicaid would cost state $95 million by 2025

October 23, 2012

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Expanding Medicaid to take in more than 300,000 of Mississippi’s uninsured working poor would cost the state about $95 million a year by 2025, though the federal government would be injecting from $800 million to $1 billion in Medicaid payments into the state’s economy annually. That’s a key conclusion reached in an analysis of a […]

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Insurance chief urges governor to delay Medicaid expansion decision

July 3, 2012

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Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is advising Gov. Phil Bryant not to act hastily in committing either way on a federal offer to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of uninsured Mississippians. “We have asked the governor to refrain from committing to anything for the time being,” Chaney said, calling for more time to explore […]

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Roberts rules: Affordable Care Act’s taxing nature poorly hidden

June 28, 2012

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Pepper Crutcher, a labor and employment law attorney in Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office, finished reading Chief Justice John G. Roberts’ opinion on the Affordable Care Act by mid-morning Thursday. One clear conclusion, according to Crutcher, is that Roberts knows a tax when he sees one. Call Obamacare’s health-care mandate whatever you like, the monetary […]

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