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.

Rep. Steve Holland: We’re going to talk about expansion.


In today’s special session, the Republican leadership, particularly Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton and Gov. Phil Bryant, will continue to try to block an expansion vote. But Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said, “We’re going to talk about Medicaid, all facets of it, including of the expansion.” Whether there will be a vote on expansion remains … Continue reading Rep. Steve Holland: We’re going to talk about expansion.

HALL: Will Lt. Governor play inter-party politics with Medicaid special session?


If you don’t think Reeves is purposefully trying to distinguish his position from that of Bryant and Gunn while still maintaining his current opposition to Medicaid expansion, then explain why he included this next part: “Earlier this year, the Senate reauthorized and funded Medicaid without expansion in a bipartisan vote. Unfortunately, the bill died in … Continue reading HALL: Will Lt. Governor play inter-party politics with Medicaid special session?

The 46 counties that will have coverage through federal insurance exchange.


People in 36 of Mississippi’s 82 counties may not be able to buy health insurance through the new federal online marketplace when it starts enrolling customers in October. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says only two insurers have announced offerings so far, planning to serve 46 counties. Health care insurance coverage so far is expected in … Continue reading The 46 counties that will have coverage through federal insurance exchange.

HARRISON: Speaker Gunn’s political play with Ethics Commission and Medicaid.


The state Ethics Commission provided a total victory to House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant as they work to continue the existing Medicaid program while fighting efforts to expand it. The eight-member Commission not only reversed itself and ruled that legislators who work for Medicaid providers could vote on Medicaid issues, … Continue reading HARRISON: Speaker Gunn’s political play with Ethics Commission and Medicaid.

Only 2 health plans offered to only 46 counties in Feds MS insurance exchange.


People in 36 of Mississippi’s 82 counties may not be able to buy health insurance through the new federal online marketplace when it starts enrolling customers in October. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says two insurers have announced offerings so far, planning to serve 46 counties. Unless more companies sign up or the existing companies expand … Continue reading Only 2 health plans offered to only 46 counties in Feds MS insurance exchange.