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OUR VIEW: Status Quo on Medicaid leaves state behind

Where have you been? That’s a question Mississippi’s hospital executives should have to answer as the Legislature winds down and Republican leaders in both houses refuse to think pragmatically about expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. The hospital CEOs and the Mississippi Hospital Association seem to have been largely absent from the wrangling in the Legislature in recent ...

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DRA, UMMC bringing telehealth center; to create 200 jobs

JACKSON — A new telehealth delivery and education center will provide Mississippians with access to affordable, quality health care as well as expand medical training to providers, according to a joint news release from the Delta Regional Authority and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Center leaders estimate that the new Mississippi Delta Healthcare Workforce and Technology Project will create ...

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Critics not so sure about UMMC's cure for HIV

The words could not be more clear — “Let’s Not Rush to Call the HIV Baby Findings a ‘Cure’”. Many are in debate about the breakthrough that was announced this weekend. Researchers are calling the apparent disappearance of HIV in a baby born with the infection a ‘functional cure,’ and the media is hailing the news. This week at the ...

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Personhood to announce new amendment today

JACKSON — Personhood Mississippi will hold a telephone news conference today to announce the filing of a new personhood amendment. The announcement was made in a news release from Personhood USA. The amendment will be filed by a new sponsor and is worded differently than the 2011 personhood amendment, according to the release. The telephonic news conference is slated for ...

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Lawmaker calls governor 'fool,' 'hypocrite' over Medcaid

JACKSON — A Democratic lawmaker said yesterday that Mississippi’s Republican governor is a “fool” and a “hypocrite” for opposing Medicaid expansion. Gov. Phil Bryant has said repeatedly during the past year that Mississippi, one of the poorest states in the nation, can’t afford to add up to 300,000 people to the more than 640,000 who are already on the federal-state ...

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Health Department awards CONs for two projects

MERIDIAN and D’IBERVILLE — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for two projects. Meadowbrook Health and Rehab, LLC, of Meridian has received CON authority for the cost overrun to CON #R-0802 (construction of Northpointe Health & Rehab for the replacement of 21-bed Kemper County Nursing Home and the relocation of 39 beds from Poplar ...

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Keesler hospital earns EPA's Energy Star award

BILOXI — Keesler Medical Center has been awarded the Energy Star award by the Environmental Protection Agency. In a message to 81st Medical Group commander Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Kory Cornum, Col. Rex Langston, chief of the health facilities division in the office of the surgeon general, said, “The receipt of an Energy Star serves as recognition that your facility, when ...

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Senate Rejects Last Sequester Bills

Time for Plan B! Wait, there is no Plan B? As expected, the Senate rejected rival bills aimed at preventing the looming sequester Thursday, meaning that $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will almost definitely kick in on Friday. Bills introduced by both Democrats and Republicans failed to receive the necessary 60 votes to pass. With no other plan in ...

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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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