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House puts open hospital meetings and records back on track

JACKSON — The Mississippi House gave new life Tuesday to a push to open some now-closed public hospital board meetings and expand access to hospital records. The House voted 109-8 to send forward an amended version of Senate Bill 2407. The House and Senate will have to work out their differences before the bill could become law. The push for ...

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More than 100,000 enroll for health insurance in Mississippi

JACKSON — New figures show that 104,538 Mississippi residents have enrolled in the federal health insurance marketplace. The numbers were released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services. Of Mississippians enrolled through the federal marketplace, 93 percent — or 97,220 — qualified for subsidies in the form of tax credits. The average tax credit for state residents was ...

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Tupelo to get its first Walmart Neighborhood Market

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – The first of what could be as many as three smaller-format Walmart stores in Tupelo is expected to be built this year. On Thursday, Tupelo Development Services Director Shane Hooper confirmed that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had officially requested a permit to build a 40,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market in the city. The store will ...

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Mississippi appeals blocked abortion law to US Supreme Court

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it enforce an abortion law that had been declared unconstitutional by a lower court. In papers filed Wednesday, state Attorney General Jim Hood asks the nation’s highest court to overturn a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in 2012 ...

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Woodward to lead University of Mississippi Medical Center

JACKSON — The new leader of the University of Mississippi Medical Center will come from within. The College Board Wednesday in closed session named Dr. LouAnn Woodward, currently the second in command at the sprawling health care and educational complex, to become the vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Woodward will ...

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Small-hospital aid bills fire up Medicaid debate

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-ignitingdebate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health care coverage primarily to the ...

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Natchez hospital plan awaits state comment

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Hospital Company is awaiting a staff recommendation from the Mississippi Department of Health to approve or disapprove its application to make millions of dollars in renovations to Natchez Regional Medical Center. The Natchez Democrat reports the company applied in December for certificates of need to reopen the cardiac catheterization lab and expand the hospital’s emergency room, ...

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Mississippi sticking with its childhood vaccination law

JACKSON — Amid concerns about a measles outbreak in other states, Mississippi is sticking with its childhood vaccination law, which is one of the strongest in the country. A bill that would have weakened the law died Thursday because a chairman chose not to bring it up for a vote before a deadline. “I really didn’t want to put the ...

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Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don’t mess around. The states, among the poorest in the country, are the only ones that refuse to exempt school children from mandatory vaccinations based on their parents’ personal or religious beliefs. Separate ...

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Autism insurance proposals advancing in Miss. Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are pushing bills that would require insurance companies to offer autism coverage on health plans sold in the state. Senate Bill 2581 passed the Senate on a split vote Tuesday, with 39 senators voting for the bill and six voting against it. Republican Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison says autism treatment can cost thousands of dollars ...

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