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 […]

Doctors, hospitals divided over Medicaid expansion

Associations representing hospital executives and physicians appear to be on opposite sides on whether to greatly enlarge the state’s Medicaid rolls. The Mississippi State Medical Association has declared that Mississippi’s uninsured deserve medical care but cautioned “a Medicaid expansion may perpetuate a broken system.” The official MSMA statement is clear in expressing what it says […]

CARTOON: Jim Hood is the Lone Ranger on Medicaid

by Ricky Nobile Published: June 28,2013

Tags: healthcare, Jim Hood, Medicaid, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Tate Reeves

CARTOON: Gov. Bryant gives Medicaid seminar

by Chuck McIntosh Published: June 28,2013

Tags: healthcare, Medicaid, Phil Bryant, state legislature

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 […]

Woman indicted for Medicaid fraud; faces up to 35 years in prison

by Associated Press Published: June 19,2013

Tags: bench, court, fraud, health, health benefits, health care, insurance, judge, justice, law, legal, medical, medicine

GREENVILLE —A 31-year-old Greenville woman has been indictment on seven counts of Medicaid fraud. The attorney general’s office says Marguerite Wilson turned herself in to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office June 11 following indictment by a local grand jury. In a news release, the attorney general’s office says Wilson was working as a case manager […]

Ethics Commission: GOP lawmakers can vote on Medicaid

JACKSON — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has cleared the way for six Republican lawmakers to vote on Medicaid issues. The lawmakers sought ethics guidance because they have potential financial conflicts. The commission vote today was 5-3. The Republican votes could be important if Gov. Phil Bryant calls lawmakers into session later this month to keep […]

Doctor appeals Medicaid, Medicare fraud conviction

by Associated Press Published: June 14,2013

Tags: appeal, court, crime, doctor, frand, health, health benefits, health care, insurance, judicial, judiciary, law, legal, medical, medicine, physician

JACKSON — A Mississippi doctor convicted of orchestrating a $6.9-million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme will have her appeal heard in July by federal judges in New Orleans. Oral arguments in the appeal by Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas will be heard July 10 by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. […]

CRAWFORD: Medicaid funding is not the issue

by Bill Crawford Published: June 14,2013

Tags: Bill Crawford, healthcare, Medicaid, Workers Compensation Law

As we take this time between Memorial Day and Independence Day to remember “one nation indivisible” and ponder how to salvage that ideal, issues of the day interrupt. Viewing them through the lens of “we the people” might be enlightening. Medicaid funding in Mississippi is a big issue. But the wrong focus. Not Medicaid funding […]

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