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State to file healthcare reform rebuttal today

Twenty states — including Mississippi — and the nation’s most influential small business lobby plan today to file their response to the government’s attempt to dismiss their lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul. The Justice Department in June asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the U.S. District Court in Pensacola lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over some of ...

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Healthcare reform: Good for retirees or not?

WASHINGTON — A report on the financial condition of the Medicare and Social Security programs contends the Obama administration’s sweeping healthcare overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years — an assertion that Medicare’s top numbers-cruncher disputed. The report acknowledged in its own right that the brighter outlook for Medicare assumes achievement of significant ...

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Barbour: Healthcare overhaul too expensive

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the federal healthcare overhaul will clobber small businesses with expensive mandates. The Republican spoke to hundreds of people yesterday during a meeting sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and other business groups. Several weeks ago, Barbour joined a Florida lawsuit that seeks to block the health law that President Barack Obama signed in ...

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Government study: Overhaul will result in Medicare savings

WASHINGTON — The new health overhaul law will start producing savings for Medicare right away, and over time add 12 years of solvency to the program’s giant trust fund for inpatient care, the Obama administration says in a report to be released today. Medicare will save about $8 billion by the end of next year, and $575 billion over the ...

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Changes and challenges

Organizations waiting for specific instructions Healthcare financial experts have raised concerns about how non-profit hospitals will be impacted by healthcare reform that will bring difficult challenges of reduced payments while hospitals are also being tasked to improve efficiency. Moody’s Investors Service warns stand-alone community hospitals could suffer, which might force spending cuts and mergers among smaller hospitals after healthcare reform ...

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UMMC ahead of curve on uninsured FQHCs

In Sept. 2008, the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson began an innovative program to match Emergency Room patients with preventative care physicians in medical homes. Now the hospital believes it is seeing positive results. UMMC sees more than 100,000 ER patients a year. More than 30,000 of those patients are uninsured, and about 17,000 don’t have a medical ...

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Healthcare reform offers new risk pool

JACKSON — An uninsured Mississippian diagnosed with cancer can now obtain healthcare coverage and start filing claims for treatment almost immediately. That is how a new program offered by the healthcare reform bill will work, says Lanny Craft, executive director of the separate and already existing Mississippi Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool Association. The new risk pool, created by the ...

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Good news-bad news scenario for reform

State Medical Association president sees both sides for Mississippi with healthcare reform With some language of the federal Health Care Reform Act not going into effect until 2014, physicians in Mississippi are not sure at this point what the impact will be to patient care and their practices. Tim J. Alford, M.D., is the new president of the Mississippi State ...

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Barbour files healthcare-reform lawsuit

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour, on behalf of the State of Mississippi, today joined the multi-state, bipartisan lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal healthcare law passed earlier this year. “The Health Care Law passed earlier this year is an unprecedented expansion of federal power,” Barbour said. “The Constitution does not give Congress or the federal government the authority to ...

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Cochran: Healthcare reform pressuring budget

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ranking member on the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, is predicting that unfunded costs for implementing and paying for the nation’s new healthcare reform law will put new pressure on the federal budget—and Congress. In a letter to Cochran, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ...

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