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Health Department inspects abortion clinic; owner expects citation

JACKSON — Health officials have inspected Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, the first step in a process that could lead to its closure if a new state law survives a legal challenge. Following Monday’s inspection, the Mississippi Department of Health has 10 working days to issue findings. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization continues to perform abortions in the meantime. Clinic owner ...

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Judge gives abortion clinic more time to meet new law

JACKSON — The future of Mississippi’s only clinic where women can get an abortion remains unclear after a federal judge’s ruling in a closely watched court case. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III ruled that a strict abortion law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature can take effect, but he gave the clinic more time to comply with the law’s ...

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Health Policy Center, medical groups study Medicaid expansion

No one is entirely sure of the fiscal implications of either rejecting or accepting the federal government’s offer to help the state expand its Medicaid rolls to include about 250,000 uninsured adults, effectively cutting in half the number of uninsured Mississippians. The fiscal picture could come closer into focus in coming weeks as the Center for Mississippi Health Policy and ...

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Chaney disputes report; hasn't shelved insurance exchange plans

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says details for an online marketplace for Mississippians to shop for insurance policies are place and nothing further needs to be done until after the November election. A Chaney spokesman told the Associated Press on Friday that it was incorrect to suggest that plan has been placed on hold. Spokesman Joseph Ammerman said the next ...

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Ex-Rose Cancer doctor, billing agent expected to plead guilty

SUMMIT — A cancer doctor and a billing agent are expected to plead guilty today to charges related to an alleged scheme to dilute chemotherapy drugs and use old needles on multiple patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks were indicted last August on charges including conspiracy and witness tampering related to activities of Rose Cancer Center in ...

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Medicaid expansion rejection could cost Mississippi hospitals $152 million in annual losses

Under the soon-to-be-enacted Affordable Health Care Act, Mississippi hospitals lose $152 million annually in federal money to help cover the cost of treating uninsured patients. The hundreds of millions of new federal dollars Mississippi would get through an expansion of Medicaid to a quarter-million uninsured adults had been seen as the way to offset the $152 million loss. But it’s ...

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