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Abortion clinic preparing for license revocation hearing

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health, and officials say a decision could come days or weeks later. The Health Department told the clinic in late January that it intends to take away its license because the facility had failed to fulfill requirements of a 2012 ...

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William Carey closing New Orleans campus after four decades

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University is closing its New Orleans campus. University President Tommy King tells the Hattiesburg American enrollment in the school’s nursing program has not come back since Hurricane Katrina. Since the late 1980s, the nursing program has resided on the campus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Barbara Hamilton, executive assistant to the president, says operations ...

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Atlanta lays claim to Dixie's 'Most Miserable' metropolis

The late humorist Lewis Grizzard had a standard refrain for Northerners who complained about life in his beloved Atlanta: “Delta is ready when you are.” For a little variation, he would sometimes remind them that “Interstate-75 goes both ways.” It’s perhaps well and good that the longtime Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist is not around to hear today’s news. Atlanta landed the ...

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Baptist chooses IDS solution to cut billing, revenue cycle

JACKSON — Medical Practice Solutions (MPS), a division of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems Inc., has selected technology from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based IDS to expedite billing and tighten the healthcare system’s revenue cycle. AbbaDox Charge Capture gives physicians the ability to record and immediately submit patient care charge details directly to billing departments, according to a release from IDS. In addition ...

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White House: Miss. education, social services, defense jobs will bear brunt of fiscal sequester

Here is the White House says the across-the-board automatic budget cuts set to begin Friday under the fiscal sequester deal between Congress and the Obama Administration will mean for Mississippi. The cuts threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform. MISSISSIPPI IMPACTS ...

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Ranks of Bryant’s Medicaid holdout partners thins as Fla.’s Scott takes deal

The number of governors refusing to accept the federal offer of hundreds of millions of dollars for expanding Medicaid to their state’s working poor is dwindling, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday joining Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich and Michigan’s Rick Snyder in accepting the offer. More than two dozen governors continue to hold out against federal Medicaid expansion efforts. However, ...

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Battle of Medicaid expansion continues in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi House Democrats said they are trying to bring pressure on Republicans to revive a Medicaid bill that’s blocked in a committee. Republicans, meanwhile, say Democrats are playing politics with a government health insurance program that covers about one in every five Mississippi residents. The Mississippi Medicaid program is up for renewal this year, as it is every ...

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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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Senate bill would require exam after taking abortion-inducing drug

JACKSON — Any woman who takes abortion-inducing drugs would be required to have a follow-up physical examination two weeks later, under a bill that passed the Mississippi Senate yesterday. Senate Bill 2795 is designed to regulate mifepristone and misoprostol, which are given in combination to terminate pregnancy within the first several weeks. The process is called a chemical abortion rather ...

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