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Small-hospital aid bills fire up Medicaid debate

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-ignitingdebate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health care coverage primarily to the ...

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UMC, Medicaid records changeover 'on target'

By Jack Weatherly The $111 million implementation of electronic health records for the University of Mississippi Medical Center and state Division of Medicaid is on schedule and within budget after two vendors pulled out of their contracts, according to Max Arinder, director of the legislative Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. The interim report released Thursday shows that “everything in building ...

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Delta doctor convicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville doctor has been found guilty of defrauding the state’s Medicaid fraud system, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. A jury convicted Dr. Hosan Menanya Azomani, 45, of two counts of Medicaid fraud. The trial lasted six days. Sentencing has not yet been set. The attorney general’s investigation showed that Azamani was billing Medicaid for more expensive ...

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Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid

JACKSON — Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said yesterday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation. If the state were to extend Medicaid, as allowed under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law, many low-wage workers ...

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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 Care Act, administrators are now ...

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Pence chooses Medicaid solution over TEA rhetoric

Most real Tea Partiers know of Mike Pence. The uncompromising champion of lower taxes, smaller government and earmark reform, Pence served six terms in Congress, including time as chairman of the hard-core conservative Republican Study Group. He was a member of the TEA Party Caucus, got a 95 percent grade from the Club for Growth during his last year in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Pence chooses Medicaid solution over rhetoric

Most real TEA Partiers know of Mike Pence.   The uncompromising champion of lower taxes, smaller government, and earmark reform, Pence served six terms in Congress, including time as chairman of the hard-core conservative Republican Study Group. He was a member of the TEA Party Caucus, got a 95% grade from the Club for Growth during his last year in ...

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Louisiana billboards advocating Medicaid expansion spur legal threats from state

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Mardi Gras celebration has ended and a war with the progressive political group MoveOn.org has begun. MoveOn.org’s lawyers received a cease-and-desist letter from state of Louisiana officials Thursday, one day after the state’s Republican lieutenant governor told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the state would pursue legal action to try to take down a billboard criticizing ...

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Lawmakers debating alternative to Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — The Mississippi House and Senate will attempt to work out their differences on a proposal to expand state subsidies to health clinics. The efforts, proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant, are meant as a partial alternative to expanding the Medicaid insurance program for poorer people. The House passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2117 yesterday. House Public Health ...

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Delta case manager gets prison time for Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville resident is going to prison for Medicaid fraud. Attorney General Jim Hood says Marguerite Wilson, 31, of Greenville, appeared before Judge Ashley Hines in Washington County Circuit Court yesterday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of Medicaid Fraud in January. Wilson was sentenced to five years in prison, with two to serve on ...

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