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Singing River to cut ribbon on medical park

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System (SRHS) will celebrate the newest addition to its facilities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at Singing River Medical Park Feb. 22 beginning at 3 p.m. The $13.9-million, 76,000-square-foot facility includes all outpatient radiology, a dedicated women’s imaging area, cardiac rehabilitation services, physical therapy, The Neuroscience Center, Neurology Associates of Mississippi, outpatient lab ...

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House passes Jackson State stadium legislation

JACKSON — House Bill 1158, passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives to transfer the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium to Jackson State University, represents a “win-win” for JSU and the people of Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. The agreement to transfer the stadium property, effectively shepherded by the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, will enhance ...

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Nursing students sue Virginia College over lack of accreditation

JACKSON — For-profit Virginia College has been sued by 14 people who allege they participated in a pilot program at the college’s Jackson, Miss., campus to become licensed practical nurses only to find out the program was never accredited by the state. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the nursing students are seeking $14 million in damages in Hinds County Circuit Court. ...

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Bill looks to have midwives enter registery

JACKSON — Jolie Herndon, a Jackson woman who will soon give birth with a midwife’s help, thinks a legislative proposal to create a registry of midwives will make it safer for mothers and babies who choose home births. “What I think it’s going to do is protect the women of Mississippi. Right now, there’s really no standards of care for ...

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DHA awards grants to five Delta organizations

STONEVILLE — Delta Health Alliance (DHA) has awarded grants to five Delta organizations bringing health education and services to residents of all ages in seven Delta counties. Two projects receiving funding will focus on women’s health. Delta State University will receive $30,000 to fund the SMART project in Bolivar, Coahoma and Washington counties. Women’s health is also the focus of ...

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Lawmakers debating Medicaid enrollment procedures

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are arguing over Medicaid enrollment procedures. For the past seven years, Medicaid recipients have been required to go to state offices once a year to renew their enrollment in the government health plan for the poor. Before then, recipients could re-enroll by mail. That’s the procedure most states use. The Democratic-controlled House voted 65-49 Feb. 8 ...

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MSU wants to offer nursing program in Meridian

MERIDIAN — Mississippi State University has asked the state College Board to approve a nursing program for its Meridian campus. MSU president Mark Keenum tells WTOK-TV in Meridian that the program would offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Keenum says the nursing program will be located in the Kress Building in downtown Meridian. The building, donated to MSU by the ...

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House lawmakers approve insurance exchange plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has approved a plan that would allow employers to buy group health insurance policies anywhere in the country, not just from Mississippi insurers. The House, by an 83-33 margin yesterday, passed a bill to enact a health insurance exchange in Mississippi. Backers say the health insurance exchange is a critical part of the federal Patient ...

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Barbour lists problems with healthcare reform

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour and 19 other Republican governors have submitted a list of potential healthcare law improvements for the administration to consider, if the law passed last year by the Democratic Congress isn’t repealed or struck down by the courts. “In addition to its constitutional infringements, we believe the system proposed by the (administration) is seriously flawed, favors ...

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Healthcare reform lawsuit dimissed, but judge gives second chance

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit in Mississippi that challenges part of the Obama administration’s healthcare law, but he is giving the plaintiffs 30 days to make changes to their complaint. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ruled Thursday that a group of people who filed the suit haven’t shown that they will be required to comply with ...

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