Natchez hospital facing lawsuit over Medicaid and Medicare audits


 A lawsuit could soon be filed against the management and officers of the former Natchez Regional Medical Center. Speaking at a status conference for the formerly county-owned hospital’s federal bankruptcy case, Kenneth Lefoldt — the court-appointed liquidation trustee — said he has seen a draft of the lawsuit against the hospital’s managing officers. The possibility … Continue reading Natchez hospital facing lawsuit over Medicaid and Medicare audits

Mississippi Dept. Of Ed. wants $6 million more from taxpayers to expand pre-K.


Education officials are looking for ways to expand Mississippi's state-funded early education program. The Department of Education is asking lawmakers for an increase in funding. State funded pre-k has been a reality in Mississippi for nearly two years, but to date only 11 local programs have received financial backing. Yet, efforts are underway to expand … Continue reading Mississippi Dept. Of Ed. wants $6 million more from taxpayers to expand pre-K.

With latest delay and cost adjustment, Kemper plant now twice original estimates.


Southern Co. said Thursday that it will cost at least another $59 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.6 billion The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. also announced that the work on the parts of the plant that will gasify lignite and … Continue reading With latest delay and cost adjustment, Kemper plant now twice original estimates.

Universities and Community Colleges request a combined increase of $150 million from taxpayers for FY 2016.


The two systems that run Mississippi's public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee … Continue reading Universities and Community Colleges request a combined increase of $150 million from taxpayers for FY 2016.

Mississippi lawmakers question whether local school districts spending money wisely


State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi's school funding formula were questioned Tuesday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula. The Legislature would have to add an estimated $311.7 million to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program … Continue reading Mississippi lawmakers question whether local school districts spending money wisely

Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.


Mississippi's tourism budget is among the lowest of any state in the country and while there are goals for increasing tourism, "The plan starts with more funding," said Malcolm White, executive director of Mississippi Development Authority's Tourism Division. "This is a spend-money-to-make-money business," he said. Competing states and destinations have much larger budgets, and he … Continue reading Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.

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.

Shortages at MHP may be on legislative agenda in 2014


You’re still being protected, but there’s a risk to the way the Miss. Highway Patrol is operating. Many worn out cars with more than 100,000 hard miles on them are still in service and there’s a shortage of troopers, too. That’s what Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz told media Monday. He said there are … Continue reading Shortages at MHP may be on legislative agenda in 2014

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.

State makes second land purchase on Cat Island.


The State of Mississippi was able to acquire an additional 117 acres of Cat Island from a private landowner, adding to the 109 acres previously purchased by the Secretary of State from a private landowner in May of 2012. Both purchases were covered primarily by federal, grant and federal settlement funding dedicated to land purchases … Continue reading State makes second land purchase on Cat Island.