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After victories, Medicaid expansion revisited in Mississippi

After voters expanded Medicaid in conservative states like Missouri and Oklahoma, health care advocates are renewing a push for expansion in Mississippi and other Southern states where Republican leaders have long been opposed. They say the changing tide has followed rising income inequality, joblessness and pressure from hospitals in economic turmoil — issues exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. “There have ...

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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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Medicaid reform: Will GOP embrace expansion by another name?

Call it Medicaid reform, not Medicaid expansion. That’s part of the Mississippi Hospital Association’s latest effort to get Republicans to accept federal money and provide health insurance to now-uninsured adults. The association on Monday unveiled a plan it calls Mississippi Cares. By combining payments from people who get coverage and hospitals, the association says Mississippi can avoid spending any of ...

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Mississippi doctors, hospitals take different stands on Medicaid expansion

JACKSON, Mississippi — With a legislative showdown expected any day now over expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 of the state’s uninsured working poor, the Mississippi State Medical Association has declared that Mississippi’s uninsured deserve medical care but cautioned “a Medicaid expansion may perpetuate a broken system.” The official MSMA statement is clear in expressing what it says are the anxieties ...

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MEC steps back from Medicaid expansion argument

The Mississippi Economic Council, the statewide business organization that produced a “blueprint” for Mississippi health care last year, is staying out of the intense legislative debate over whether to expand Medicaid to around 300,000 of the state’s working poor. With the issue unlikely to be resolved without a special session, the MEC will have more time to study the issue ...

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Governor of Tennessee joins peers refusing Medicaid plan

Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee has rejected expansion of Medicaid in his state over impatience with the Obama administration’s for approval of his proposal to let the state use the money to buy private insurance for the working poor who wold otherwise be covered by Medicaid expansion. In turning down Medicaid expansion, Haslam called for a the federal health care ...

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Florida, Arkansas looking at hybrid approaches to Medicaid expansion

As deadlines near for state legislatures to either accept or reject the Obama administration’s offer of billions of dollars to expand Medicaid, the governors of Arkansas and Florida are working to convince their legislatures to accept alternatives routes to expansion. Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas have presented their respective legislatures hybrid forms of ...

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