Lt. Gov. Reeves to Ole Miss College Republicans: “I’m just concerned with dodging the shots.”


The Ole Miss College Republicans hosted Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves at their meeting Wednesday night at Bryant Hall. Reeves was invited to speak at the weekly College Republicans meeting to discuss how he got into politics, commemorate the attacks on 9/11, share his views on the current state of the national government and answer questions … Continue reading Lt. Gov. Reeves to Ole Miss College Republicans: “I’m just concerned with dodging the shots.”

HARRISON: Democrats say some Republicans in Legislature promise revisit of Medicaid expansion in 2014.


It appears Mississippi will join about half the states in not participating in Medicaid expansion during the 2014 calendar year, forfeiting at least one of three years where all health care costs from the expansion will be paid by the federal government. But even though legislative Democrats were unsuccessful in expanding Medicaid during last month’s … Continue reading HARRISON: Democrats say some Republicans in Legislature promise revisit of Medicaid expansion in 2014.

STAPLES: Legislature no stranger to reauthorization fights.


BY: Rebekah Staples @rstapes The recent debate in Jackson on whether the state should expand its taxpayer-funded Medicaid program in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA; also known as “Obamacare”) brought back certain legislative memories. Call me crazy, but there seems to be a trend – both in the way D.C. promotes adoption of … Continue reading STAPLES: Legislature no stranger to reauthorization fights.

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

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?

AG Hood issues opinion: Governor can’t run Medicaid.


Mississippi's attorney general says the governor does not have legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order. Attorney General Jim Hood's nonbinding opinion, issued Wednesday, contradicts claims by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and could increase pressure on Bryant to call the Legislature into special session to reauthorize the state Medicaid program. Unless … Continue reading AG Hood issues opinion: Governor can’t run Medicaid.

Medicaid Poll: What would you like to see happen?


Have Medicaid fatigue yet? What would you like to see happen as the deadline of July 1 approaches? Below the poll are a few of the latest Medicaid articles and there is a podcast to the right of this post with Senator Melanie Sojourner on the subject. Comments are welcome. Related articles GUNN: Government cannot … Continue reading Medicaid Poll: What would you like to see happen?

PEP Talk Podcast: Dr. Randy Easterling discusses the pressure of Medicaid expansion on Mississippi’s doctors.


Dr. Randy Easterling, the past president of the Mississippi Medical Association, talks with Managing Editor Keith Plunkett about how the expansion of Medicaid in Mississippi would further pressure doctors and decrease access to health care to Mississippi's most needy. Related articles Snowden: Medicaid expansion not economic development, will weaken provider capacity. (mississippipep.wordpress.com) Plunkett: DSH payments … Continue reading PEP Talk Podcast: Dr. Randy Easterling discusses the pressure of Medicaid expansion on Mississippi’s doctors.