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

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

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

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 […]

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 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 […]

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