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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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Report: Mississippi ranks second in U.S. in charitable giving

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Chronicle, a leading source of news coverage of the nonprofit world, said in ...

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Report: Mississippi has worst child poverty rate in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Children’s Defense Fund analysis of new 2013 state data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals child poverty rates remain at record high levels, and Mississippi leads the nation in impoverished children. Children are the poorest age group, and the poorest are children of color and those under 6, according to the Children’s Defense Fund. Two ...

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New welfare drug-testing bill signed into law by Bryant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a welfare drug-testing bill, requiring those who test positive to get treatment in order to get cash. He said it would help people who are “trapped in a dependency lifestyle.” House Bill 49 will become law July 1. When it takes effect, anyone who applies for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will have ...

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Census: State's supplemental poverty level lower than official rate

WASHINGTON — The nation’s poverty rate was 16.0 percent in 2012, unchanged from 2011, according to the supplemental poverty measure released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2012 rate was higher than the official measure of 15.0 percent. The official poverty rate in 2012 was also not significantly different from the corresponding rate in 2011. Unlike the official poverty ...

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Lawmakers keep Medicaid alive — and go home

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers adjourned their two-day special session late Friday after passing bills to keep Medicaid alive and funded for the new fiscal year that starts Monday. Republicans hold the majority in the House and Senate, and they blocked Democrats’ efforts to extend Medicaid to another 300,000 low-income people — additional coverage that is an option under the federal ...

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Governor calls special session to keep Medicaid afloat

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he’s calling lawmakers into special session at 10 a.m. Thursday to keep the state’s Medicaid program alive and funded once the new state fiscal year begins July 1. The Republican is not asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid, which is an option under the federal health care law that President Barack Obama signed ...

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Hood says governor cannot legally operate Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor does not have the legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order, Attorney General Jim Hood said in a nonbinding legal opinion issued Wednesday. The opinion from Hood, a Democrat, contradicts Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The governor has said for weeks that he thinks he can run the program himself, even if lawmakers ...

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Epps receives letter asking to leave work centers open

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Faith-based groups and advocates led by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU are asking Mississippi prison officials to drop plans to close four community work centers. Inmates in the centers do chores for local governments. The groups sent a letter to Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps this week, saying the work centers give inmates a chance ...

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