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Dems crafting Medicaid proposal ahead of possible special session

JACKSON — Mississippi legislative Democrats say they’re working on proposals to keep Medicaid alive and funded in the budget year that starts July 1. They say they’re doing this in case Republican Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session before the end of June. However, Bryant said last week he believes he can run Medicaid without legislative authorization — even ...

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Medicaid to pay Health workers; dozens of jobs saved

JACKSON — Mississippi Medicaid officials will resume paying state Health Department workers to help women with high-risk pregnancies. The agreement, announced Friday, starts June 1 and runs through June 30, 2014. Medicaid has typically paid the Health Department more than $8.5 million a year for the program. The new agreement reverses last month’s decision by the Health Department to lay ...

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Governor says he can run Medicaid; questions challengers

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks he can run Medicaid even if lawmakers don’t reauthorize the program or set its budget by the time the state’s new fiscal year starts July 1. “As head of the Governor’s Division of Medicaid, I will do all I can to continue and to provide Medicaid to the citizens who qualify in ...

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Governor says proposed budget undercuts Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Top Mississippi Republicans say their opposition to Medicaid expansion is getting a boost from an unlikely source — President Barack Obama. The Democratic president released his proposed federal budget yesterday. It includes a one-year delay in reduction of “disproportionate share” Medicaid payments — money hospitals receive for treating large numbers of uninsured patients. Mississippi has high numbers of ...

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Lawmakers' disagreement shows divide over Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Two lawmakers who spoke at a press luncheon yesterday disagreed about whether Mississippi should expand Medicaid, reflecting the partisan split that left the health program in limbo when the House and Senate ended their three-month session last week. Democratic Sen. David Blount, of Jackson, said adding an estimated 300,000 people to Medicaid — most of them working poor ...

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Medicaid expansion battle still raging in House

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans are again trying to thwart long-shot efforts by Democrats to expand Medicaid, with each side accusing the other of endangering coverage for low-income people who are already on the program. The House Rules Committee yesterday blocked a Medicaid bill that had already been passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 2207 didn’t include expansion but it ...

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SHOCKING: Mississippi considered a poor state

Fuller picture of poverty: 49.7M poor people in US A different way of calculating America’s poor by taking into account medical costs and work-related expenses finds a higher total than the government’s official count. This measure is aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty. It found there are 49.7 million poor people in the country — or 16.1 percent ...

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New program aimed at helping the poor plan for college

JACKSON — A new effort wants people nationwide to help poor children in Mississippi and San Francisco save for college. The 1:1 Fund is being launched by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. In Mississippi, the marketing effort expands on the Mississippi College Savings Account Program. And it has helped more than 500 children in Jackson, Leland and Greenville open college ...

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Legal services for poor to cut staff, clients

JACKSON — A lack of funding has prompted a legal services program for the poor to make cuts staff and reduce the number of people for whom it handles cases. Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project executive director Shirley Williams tells The Clarion-Ledger her program’s annual budget, which also includes funding from other sources, has dropped from about $700,000 in 2011 to ...

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Legal assistance to needy threatened by budget cuts

TUPELO — A legal aid office for poor people in North Mississippi faces closing down because of the budget cuts Congress is imposing. Ben Cole, the executive director of the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, said the Tupelo office or another one in North Mississippi may have to close. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports NMRLS provides legal assistance for ...

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