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Disabled groups protest proposed Medicaid cuts

Mississippi groups that support people with disabilities are protesting plans to cut Medicaid as part of a proposed federal health care bill. The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities held protests Thursday outside the Jackson offices of U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans. Members of the coalition say they believe plans to limit future growth in Medicaid ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Consensus perspective needed on Medicaid

Perspectives, hmmm.    “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time,” wrote Isaac Asimov. “People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”    A conservative Republican legislator, speaking about Medicaid cuts, ...

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Medicaid underfunded to start year, director tells lawmakers

Mississippi’s Medicaid director says there are straightforward reasons the program is requesting an additional $75 million to get through the final six months of the state budget year. David Dzielak says legislators didn’t put enough money into Medicaid in the first place. Plus, it was one of the agencies that lost money because of state budget cuts in September. Medicaid ...

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Costs grow faster for states lacking Medicaid expansion

By BOBBY HARRISON Barely a word was spoken of possible Medicaid expansion recently during meetings of legislative working groups formed by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to look at state’s revenue collections and expenditure. Instead, the focus of the working group dealing with Medicaid was the growth in the existing state program that Executive Director David Dzielak ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi needs every federal dollar it can get

Let’s get real.    Ignore political ideology for a moment.   Mississippi is a poor state, persistently landing near the bottom on income, health, and education rankings. Many families depend heavily on federal benefits to survive. So, too does state government (44 percent of total spending). Many small businesses’ survival depends heavily on federally subsidized families and government.   Yes, federal ...

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Houston woman sentenced for Medicaid fraud

A 42-year-old Chickasaw County nurse is headed to prison for one year after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release Tuesday Cheryl Renee Hamblet, of Houston, appeared before Choctaw County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Loper Jr. on Monday and pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of obtaining ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

A Mississippi Senate committee has passed a narrower version of a bill that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would contract an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version would have Medicaid officials then verify recipients’ financial information and residency to determine ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

The Mississippi Senate passed a narrower version of a bill Monday that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and a regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would hire an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version, approved Monday by a committee, requires that Medicaid officials periodically verify recipients’ financial ...

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Dispute over Medicaid payments kicked back to chancery court

JACKSON — A long legal battle between the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and a dozen hospitals is headed back to chancery court. The dispute is about payments Medicaid made to the hospitals for outpatient services in 2001. Medicaid said in 2010 that it had mistakenly overpaid hospitals nine years earlier because it used an outdated payment formula. The hospitals, in ...

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CUBA — ¿si? or ¿no? Mississippi’s cigar lovers hold their breath

By Jack Weatherly Cuban cigars have become, for many Americans, the stuff that dreams are made of. That’s because the trade embargo imposed by the United States more than 50 years ago on the communist nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida has blocked legal sales in this country. Now President Obama has struck a match by re-establishing diplomatic ...

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