BROWN: Democrats proposal expands health insurance to Mississippians with reduced risks to the state.


BY: Cecil Brown Democrats in the legislature recently offered a compromise proposal to end the standoff on Medicaid expansion. Under our proposal, Mississippi would adopt Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney’s idea for a state based health insurance exchange. We will then use the billions of new federal dollars we will receive under the Affordable Care … Continue reading BROWN: Democrats proposal expands health insurance to Mississippians with reduced risks to the state.

Governor Bryant talks with Feds at HHS about alternatives to Medicaid expansion.


Gov. Phil Bryant has met with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ staff about Medicaid and talked to her via phone, according to a spokesman. “Gov. Bryant also met with Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. Gov. Bryant has also visited numerous nursing homes and other health care facilities to … Continue reading Governor Bryant talks with Feds at HHS about alternatives to Medicaid expansion.

Rep. Frierson: Medicaid expansion will reduce education funding.


Funding for education is falling short because Medicaid is devouring a larger share of state money than it did a few years ago, a top Mississippi budget writer says in a letter to teachers and school administrators. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, wrote that expanding Medicaid would create more uncertainty about funding for … Continue reading Rep. Frierson: Medicaid expansion will reduce education funding.

MS House Dems meet with Federal HHS officials to gather info for “alternative” Medicaid legislation


Last week, state Reps. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, and Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, traveled to Washington to meet with officials of the Department of Health and Human Services. “They clearly want to work with Mississippi officials and are willing to consider options,” Brown and Johnson said in a statement. “We intend to spend the next couple of … Continue reading MS House Dems meet with Federal HHS officials to gather info for “alternative” Medicaid legislation

Plunkett: Media attempting to ride to rescue of Mississippi Democrats with new Medicaid narrative.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Democrats have been flailing around looking for any and every reason to remain relevant in a Medicaid debate that, except for their obstructionism in the Mississippi House, passed them by weeks ago. House Democrat leader Rep. Bobby Moak’s latest attempts, with the help of long time Representative Cecil Brown, has … Continue reading Plunkett: Media attempting to ride to rescue of Mississippi Democrats with new Medicaid narrative.

Plunkett: Another nail in the Medicaid expansion coffin.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Democrats and left-leaning groups have continued to push the expansion of Medicaid in Mississippi over the past few weeks. A group calling itself the Mississippi Health Care Access Coalition has been touring the state using the same set of numbers released a year ago. They also say expansion will promote … Continue reading Plunkett: Another nail in the Medicaid expansion coffin.

PEP Talk Podcast: Rep. Cecil Brown on the push to do away with inspection stickers in Mississippi.


Rep. Cecil Brown joined Managing Editor Keith Plunkett to discuss Brown's bill HB 499. The bill would have done away with the state requirement for inspection stickers on motor vehicles. However, following passage in the State House by a 112 to 5 vote, the bill never made it out of committee in the State Senate. … Continue reading PEP Talk Podcast: Rep. Cecil Brown on the push to do away with inspection stickers in Mississippi.