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JAMESON TAYLOR — The wrong time to expand Medicaid

Healthcare is complicated. But during the current coronavirus outbreak, healthcare policy goals are very simple: How do we increase the supply of healthcare for those who need it most? And how do we increase access to healthcare to those who need it most? Right now, the real challenge is prioritizing very limited healthcare resources. The people who need care the ...

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HU MEENA — Pandemic offers resilient Mississippi a chance to embrace a brighter future

EDITOR’S NOTE: The column is the first in a series of Mississippi CEOs writing how Mississippi businesses are responding to the COVID-10 crisis.     My favorite streaming video program during the COVID-19 virus stay-at-home lockdown has not been about tigers and their crazy trainer, Joe Exotic, from the wildly popular Netflix docuseries. Nor has it been about Scottie Pippin ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Help others cope with pandemic fear and anxiety

As the COVID-19 virus ravages our economy and health systems, it also exacts a heavy emotional toll through fear, despair, anxiety, depression, and frustration. Pew Research Center reported, “Health experts are concerned about the potential mental health effects of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, and mental health hotlines report a substantial uptick in calls since the outbreak began.” ...

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TODD SMITH — Virtually all Americans impacted by Coronavirus

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise and schools, workplaces and public gathering spaces across the United States remain closed, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the coronavirus outbreak is having profound impacts on the personal lives of Americans in a variety of ways. Nearly nine-in-ten U.S. adults say their life has changed at least a little as a ...

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Analysis: Mayors set local path on coronavirus response

Mississippi mayors are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with stern warnings about the importance of social distancing and friendly reminders of good health practices like keeping clean hands. Gov. Tate Reeves has said many times that the coronavirus response is federally funded, state supported and locally executed. That means mayors have lots of power to make decisions. Some mayors have ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Pandemic expected to have an effect on site selection factors

Each year, Area Development magazine publishes the results of its survey of corporate executives regarding their expansion plans and the factors that rank highest in their site selection decisions. In this column, we will look back seven years and compare those site selection factors with those in 2019. We will also speculate about which factors will be most affected by ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Highly contagious pandemic not ending in two weeks

Call with doctor’s office last week: “The doctor is not taking new patients at this time. Call back in two weeks when this pandemic is over.” Gov. Tate Reeves: Friday Reeves extended his shelter-in-place order for a week until April 27, saying the state is not ready yet to re-open its economy. He did allow more small businesses to provide ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — U.S. Supreme Court takes on Insanity

On March 23, 2020, while the average American pointed fingers over the spread of COVID-19 and reassessed his or her own mortality, a sequestered U.S. Supreme Court quietly released four opinions.  In keeping with the times and deviating from tradition, the opinions appeared only online rather than being first announced ceremoniously in a robed ritual. One opinion, Kahler v. Kansas ...

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TODD SMITH — Communicators can tap into these tools for success in our remote working world

In our remote work, social distancing, quarantined coronavirus existence, tech tools can help us be proactive in our messaging to a constantly evolving audience. Working in quarantine poses unique challenges for communicators. What videoconference tools should you be using? Can you air a video news conference or statement from your CEO remotely? Recently, PRNEWS hosted a webinar on COVID-19 communications ...

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LYNN LOFTON — Gray hair, travel deals, ice cream and other serious Covid issues

Oh great, Harvard researchers are saying that stress causes hair to turn gray. I think we sort of knew that before but now it must be so if Harvard says it, right? Show me anyone in the U.S. who isn’t stressed right now and I’ll show you a five year old. In fact my five-year-old granddaughter thinks everything is just ...

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