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Federal government gives conditional approval for SHOP

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney received conditional federal approval yesterday to run an online marketplace where businesses with 50 or fewer employees can buy health insurance, starting in January. Chaney was doing a telephone interview with The Associated Press when he received the notice from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. He said the notice is good ...

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White House shows new flexibility on Medicaid expansion options

The White House is encouraging skeptical state officials to expand Medicaid by subsidizing the purchase of private insurance for low-income people, even though that approach might be somewhat more expensive, federal and state officials say. Ohio and Arkansas are negotiating with the Obama administration over plans to use federal Medicaid money to pay premiums for commercial insurance that will be ...

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American Family Association files motion for injunction against Affordable Care Act

Liberty Institute and the Center for Religious Expression says its client, Tupelo-based American Family Association (AFA) has filed a motion and brief for a preliminary injunction against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The motion was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Aberdeen Division. AFA owns American Family Radio and identifies ...

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Political acts of problematic perspicacity

Jenny says to Forrest Gump, “Are you stupid or something?” Forrest replies, “Mama says, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’” Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a state-run health insurance exchange.  Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) passed in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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CDC: "Mississippi Has Highest Rate of Depression"

According to Health.com, Mississippi ranks in the top ten of “most depressing states.” Health.com writes, “(Mississippi is) the poorest state in the U.S. (and) ranks at or near the bottom on many health measures, from obesity to heart disease. Mental health is no exception. The state has the highest rate of depression in the nation (14.8%), according to the Centers ...

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It’s cheaper to be… fat

Sebelius: Healthy foods too expensive, lifestyles too sedentary Mississippi, by any measure, is the poorest state in the U.S. It’s also the fattest state. Those two dynamics feed off each other, and it’s not hard to discern why. Healthy food, fruits and vegetables and anything grown organically, is expensive. Food loaded in sodium and saturated fats, food that has been ...

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