State’s GOP comes out against increased Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Party leaders have adopted a resolution saying they oppose Medicaid expansion. State GOP chairman Joe Nosef said today that the party executive committee acted on the document Monday. He says it’s a way to support Republican elected officials, including Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. […]

Democratic lawmakers propose Medicaid expansion alternative

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are proposing a way to provide health coverage to about 300,000 people without expanding Medicaid. They say Mississippi should enact a plan similar to what Arkansas is proposing — using federal money to help low-income people buy private health insurance. About two-dozen Democrats from the House and Senate […]

CRAWFORD: Taint of tyranny infecting our Medicaid standoff?

by Bill Crawford Published: May 17,2013

Tags: Bill Crawford, Medicaid, state legislature

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 […]

Budget writer: Medicaid taking away from education funding

JACKSON — Funding for education is falling short because Medicaid is devouring a larger share of state money than it did a few years ago, a top Mississippi budget writer says in a letter to teachers and school administrators. House Appropriations Committee chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, wrote that expanding Medicaid would create more uncertainty about […]

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 he can run Medicaid; questions challengers

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks he can run Medicaid even if lawmakers don’t reauthorize the program or set its budget by the time the state’s new fiscal year starts July 1. “As head of the Governor’s Division of Medicaid, I will do all I can to continue and to provide Medicaid to […]

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. […]

Medicaid chooses California firm for management solution

JACKSON — The State of Mississippi Medicaid has selected MedeAnalytics, a California-based provider of healthcare performance management solutions, for the next generation of the state’s Medicaid Electronic Health Records System (MEHRS) application. The state’s primary goal is to integrate claims and clinical data from various health information exchanges and serve as the clinical data warehouse […]

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 — […]

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