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 — […]

Hospital group: No Medicaid expansion will leave 200,000 “in the gap”

by Published: April 5,2013

Tags: healthcare expansion, Medicaid, Phil Bryant

The more uninsured residents Mississippi’s health insurance exchange signs up under the Affordable Care Act the bigger the hit the state’s hospitals will take on federal reimbursements for treating the uninsured. The consequence is one of many Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and legislative leaders must weigh in refusing state participation in expanding Medicaid. The state […]

MEC steps back from Medicaid expansion argument

The Mississippi Economic Council, the statewide business organization that produced a “blueprint” for Mississippi health care last year, is staying out of the intense legislative debate over whether to expand Medicaid to around 300,000 of the state’s working poor. With the issue unlikely to be resolved without a special session, the MEC will have more […]

Non-vote on Medicaid expansion could prompt special session

JACKSON — The Mississippi House yesterday failed for the second time to adopt the Medicaid budget, making a special session highly likely before the fiscal year starts July 1. House Bill 1653 needed support from a majority of elected House members. Instead, Monday’s vote was 57 in favor and 50 against, a few votes shy […]

Supporters of Medicaid expansion rally at Capitol

JACKSON — More than 200 health advocates, doctors and others rallied at the Mississippi Capitol yesterday, asking legislators to expand Medicaid to the working poor. Expansion appears unlikely, however, because it’s opposed by Gov. Phil Bryant and Republican leaders in the state House and Senate. The three-month legislative session is scheduled to end April 7. […]

Dems: Rejecting Medicaid expansion will hurt state’s rating

JACKSON — Mississippi House Democrats said yesterday that the state could hurt its own financial standing if it rejects Medicaid expansion, but Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said he’s not convinced that would happen and he still opposes putting more people on the government health program. Democrats pointed to a statement made last week by Moody’s […]

Florida, Arkansas looking at hybrid approaches to Medicaid expansion

by Published: March 15,2013

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Arkansas, Florida, Medicaid expansion

As deadlines near for state legislatures to either accept or reject the Obama administration’s offer of billions of dollars to expand Medicaid, the governors of Arkansas and Florida are working to convince their legislatures to accept alternatives routes to expansion. Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas have presented their […]

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