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UMC, Medicaid records changeover 'on target'

By Jack Weatherly The $111 million implementation of electronic health records for the University of Mississippi Medical Center and state Division of Medicaid is on schedule and within budget after two vendors pulled out of their contracts, according to Max Arinder, director of the legislative Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. The interim report released Thursday shows that “everything in building ...

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Three insurers selling in state on health care reform website

JACKSON — Three companies are now selling health insurance in Mississippi through a federal website created under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law. That’s up from two in the state last year. A three-month annual enrollment period started Saturday for consumers seeking coverage through the online marketplace, or health exchange. It’s an option for those who ...

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Delta doctor convicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville doctor has been found guilty of defrauding the state’s Medicaid fraud system, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. A jury convicted Dr. Hosan Menanya Azomani, 45, of two counts of Medicaid fraud. The trial lasted six days. Sentencing has not yet been set. The attorney general’s investigation showed that Azamani was billing Medicaid for more expensive ...

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Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid

JACKSON — Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said yesterday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation. If the state were to extend Medicaid, as allowed under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law, many low-wage workers ...

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State's Medicaid enrollment growing, spurred by Affordable Care Act

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable Care Act, administrators are now ...

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Pence chooses Medicaid solution over TEA rhetoric

Most real Tea Partiers know of Mike Pence. The uncompromising champion of lower taxes, smaller government and earmark reform, Pence served six terms in Congress, including time as chairman of the hard-core conservative Republican Study Group. He was a member of the TEA Party Caucus, got a 95 percent grade from the Club for Growth during his last year in ...

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Report: State sees slowest growth in consumer spending in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Overall consumer spending grew more slowly in Mississippi than in any other state in 2012, reflecting the state’s slow recovery from the recession. A report released yesterday by the U.S. Commerce Department finds overall personal consumption spending grew 2.5 percent in Mississippi in 2012, compared to 4.1 percent nationwide. With other figures showing Mississippi’s economy grew by ...

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Arkansas DHS: 155K signed up for 'private option' program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas officials say nearly 70 percent of those eligible have signed up for health coverage under the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion program. The Department of Human Services said Monday that 155,567 people have applied and been determined eligible for the state’s “private option” program, which uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Debt Service is Big Spending

What are the big spending categories in Mississippi’s General Fund? Well, everybody knows education is number one. Education, which includes public schools, universities, community colleges, schools for the blind and deaf, vocational education, ETV and libraries, at $2.8 billion accounted for 56.6 percent of General Fund appropriations last fiscal year. Eh, is Medicaid number two? Well, sort of. Social welfare ...

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