#PEPPoll: Proper Use? Feds tell states Medicaid can pay for mosquito repellent.


   Medicaid can be used to cover mosquito repellent to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, federal regulators told state and private Medicaid officials in a letter sent Wednesday. Coverage of repellent — when prescribed by a health professional — with the federal matching dollars given other Medicaid-covered treatments is the primary change in … Continue reading #PEPPoll: Proper Use? Feds tell states Medicaid can pay for mosquito repellent.

Longwitz: Think of the children.


As debate over bills in the MS Legislature gets into full swing, file this one away under 'right-before-you-said-that-you-should-have-shut-up'. Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison, hoping to stop debate about a bill that would legally require insurance companies to extend coverage, reportedly said: "I would ask you today if we're going to have an ideological battle, let's … Continue reading Longwitz: Think of the children.

MASTY: Natures way to clean up government waste.


BY: Stephen Masty Inspired by Mother Nature we might be able to construct a self-propelled mechanical shark, a self-financing agency incentivized to devour government’s waste, counter-productive regulations and needless paperwork. How might it work? Mexican regulatory reforms may point the way. Drowning in needless red-tape, Mexico’s government in 1988 took the bold step of appointing … Continue reading MASTY: Natures way to clean up government waste.

PLUNKETT: Curtis Wilkie’s Mississippi no longer exists.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Back in August I wrote a response to an article by Curtis Wilkie in the New York Times. Wilkie is an historian and author who grew up in Mississippi, leaving in the late 1960’s to work as a writer. The majority of his career was spent working for the Boston … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Curtis Wilkie’s Mississippi no longer exists.

#ObamaCare growing Medicaid and CHIP in Mississippi without expansion.


Mississippi's Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak (JELL-ick) told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable Care … Continue reading #ObamaCare growing Medicaid and CHIP in Mississippi without expansion.

PLUNKETT: The “Marriage Equality” myth.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Earlier this week, homosexual Mississippians descended on clerk’s offices across the state to apply for marriage licenses. The stunt was organized by a liberal organization calling itself the Campaign for Southern Equality. The group is out of Asheville, North Carolina and is intent on pushing for “marriage equality” for lesbian, … Continue reading PLUNKETT: The “Marriage Equality” myth.

Mississippi Dropouts Are Driving Up Medicaid Costs by $52 million per year.


A new study adds further clout to the idea that dropouts are a national problem, not a personal one—because they cost the medical system money. Wealthy people are healthy people, more or less. They have the money to pay for health insurance, and get better medicine, and more frequent treatment. High school dropouts rarely achieve … Continue reading Mississippi Dropouts Are Driving Up Medicaid Costs by $52 million per year.

PLUNKETT: Medicaid Session truth is not pretty, but the deal got done.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. It’s oftentimes a little less flattering, too. Such is the case with the Medicaid Special Session held last week at the State Capitol.Unity is the word of the week from Republicans--ALMOST all Republicans--but the truth is the session wasn’t all smiles, … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Medicaid Session truth is not pretty, but the deal got done.

TAYLOR: Real dialogue, not religious warfare needed in Medicaid debate


The working poor — indeed, all of us — deserve a real dialogue about the future of Medicaid in Mississippi. Name calling and grandstanding is not serving anyone. Neither is reverting to a kind of religious warfare. Medicaid patients have much higher mortality rates and much poorer health outcomes than people on private insurance. As … Continue reading TAYLOR: Real dialogue, not religious warfare needed in Medicaid debate

Lt. Gov. Reeves hints at support of one-year repealer, and more expansion debate in 2014.


On the opening day of the special session Thursday, the House voted to both reauthorize and to fund the health care program, something it could not do in the regular session. But both bills were held on parliamentary maneuvers meaning they cannot be taken up by the Senate before Friday. With the votes on funding … Continue reading Lt. Gov. Reeves hints at support of one-year repealer, and more expansion debate in 2014.