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State budget narratives speak loudly as lawmakers face re-election

JACKSON — Writing a state budget is not only about numbers. It’s also about narrative. With most Mississippi lawmakers seeking re-election in 2015, everyone who helps write the budget, or simply votes for it, will be eager to tell constituents that the spending plan is one of the strongest and most efficient in state history. Lawmakers who vote against the ...

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CRAWFORD: Towns, counties, and state face Obamacare impacts

“Municipalities challenged by Affordable Care Act,” read the headline of a story about Obamacare provisions taking affect in 2014. “There is a lot of uncertainty about what the impact is going to be,” said one insurer. “I can, at least, tell you the budgets aren’t going to go down because of it.” It appears Obamacare’s impact on Mississippi’s state and ...

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Not all embrace electronic health record law

While physicians and medical practices are eligible for federal grants to institute electronic health records, not everyone is convinced that it will make for a better medical practice. Dr. Dwalia S. South, North Mississippi Primary Care in Ripley, who has been transitioning to EHRs in the past six months, describes it as one of the most painful experiences of her ...

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Analysis of Medicaid expansion under final review

Economic experts are reviewing a completed state study examining the fiscal implications for Mississippi in expanding Medicaid rolls under federal Affordable Care Act. In the balance is an infusion of $9 billion of federal money into Mississippi’s health care sector to help fund an expansion of Medicaid eligibly to include at least 250,000 low-and-moderate-income working people. The added Medicaid eligibility ...

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Affordable Care Act’s taxing nature poorly hidden

Pepper Crutcher, a labor and employment law attorney in Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office, finished reading Chief Justice John G. Roberts’ opinion on the Affordable Care Act by mid-morning of its June 28 issuance. One clear conclusion, according to Crutcher, is that Roberts knows a tax when he sees one. Call Obamacare’s health-care mandate whatever you like, the monetary penalty ...

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Judge puts brakes on portion of state's healthcare reform lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge has put on hold portions of a Mississippi lawsuit against Obama administration’s healthcare law. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, in a ruling issued Nov. 23, stayed consideration of parts of the April 2010 lawsuit not involving medical privacy issues. He said those issues were pending before the Supreme Court in a case out of Florida. ...

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Judge allows healthcare reform lawsuit to go forward

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge will allow a lawsuit filed in Mississippi challenging part of the Obama administration’s healthcare law to continue. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, in a ruling issued Aug. 29, denied the Obama administration’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Starrett dismissed some claims by the plaintiffs but refused to dismiss the medical privacy claim. The lawsuit — ...

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Chaney goes to D.C. to talk healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney and fellow members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) were in Washington, D.C., last week to confer with members of Congress about ongoing financial and health reform efforts. More than 35 state insurance regulators gathered for the NAIC Washington Forum where they were briefed by Nancy-Ann DeParle, White House deputy ...

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Singing River asking county for loan for healthcare mandates

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System officials say they need a $37.5-million loan, with most of the money needed to meet President Barack Obama’s impending health care mandates. The Mississippi Press reports hospital representatives asked Jackson County supervisors yesterday for a bond issuance. The largest portion of the money — $22 million — would be used on electronic medical records, ...

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Yelling like a mashed cat

By Wally Northway Two prominent conservative Mississippi Republicans who are outspoken enemies of recent healthcare reform actually are supportive of at least one of the legislation’s components and want it to remain the law. In fact, if the federal healthcare law were repealed, they would push to have it made state law. Who are these leaders? None other than Gov. ...

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