MS Hospitals continue pressing for Medicaid expansion.


(graphic credit: Kaiser Family Foundation via MPBOnline.org) St. Dominic's president Lester Diamond says Mississippi hospitals are working on a proposal that would include changes to the existing Medicaid program to help convince reluctant state lawmakers to expand it. Diamond says there is a sweet spot that includes conservative changes to Medicaid but still open access … Continue reading MS Hospitals continue pressing for Medicaid expansion.

#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.

Federal judge in Oklahoma rules no tax subsidies without a state run exchange.


A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled against the Obama Administration in a case challenging the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services decision to extend tax subsidies to states without a state health insurance exchange. The decision comes on the heels of several other rulings, including the opinion of the D.C. Circuit in Halbig … Continue reading Federal judge in Oklahoma rules no tax subsidies without a state run exchange.

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.

“On the side of the angels”: Dems try emotion in expansion debate.


A special session of the Mississippi Legislature called by Gov. Phil Bryant to try to prevent a Medicaid shutdown Sunday quickly brought emotional testimony and debate from lawmakers Thursday. “These are working folks!” said Rep. Bo Eaton, D-Taylorsville. “Help them today! In Jesus’ name, care!” Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, gave emotional testimony about his “working … Continue reading “On the side of the angels”: Dems try emotion in expansion debate.

CORDER: Medicaid Special Session could go well into the weekend.


After all the smoke clears, the real question is will Democrats really vote against this program for a 5th time? A straight up or down vote against reauthorizing Medicaid is a killer vote for Democrats right now. Vote for it (and do the right thing) and they lose the political fight. Vote against it and … Continue reading CORDER: Medicaid Special Session could go well into the weekend.

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.