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January 7th, 2013
Mississippi lawmakers can expect to be pulled in opposite directions this year on a big-dollar question of whether to expand Medicaid. Gov. Phil Bryant and fellow Republicans who lead the House and Senate say they oppose expansion because they believe… (read more)
January 4th, 2013
A new year will usher in a new round of debate on some old political sticking points at the state capitol. The biggest being the fight over charter schools, supported by Governor Phil Bryant and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves. “This… (read more)
January 3rd, 2013
For policy experts, expansion is no-brainer. Ed Sivak, executive director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, said the thousands of health-care and related positions Medicaid expansion would create represent a boon to Mississippi’s economy, where the overall number of jobs… (read more)
December 30th, 2012
If Mississippi is going to receive the full benefit of the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, legislators will need to act in 2013. Read the full article.… (read more)
December 27th, 2012
The requirement that people apply for Medicaid and make their annual recertification during face-to-face meetings was pushed through by former Gov. Haley Barbour during his first term. The face-to-face requirement for Mississippi Medicaid recipients will be prohibited starting in January… (read more)
December 26th, 2012
One portion of the controversial federal health care law will affect Mississippi more than most states. Starting in January 2014, states can no longer require so-called “face-to-face” visits where people travel to a Medicaid office to apply to be covered… (read more)
December 21st, 2012
More than one dozen statewide health-care, civil-rights and religious organizations plan to leverage hundreds of thousands of their members, parishioners and supporters to increase health care access for 300,000 Mississippians. Read the full article.… (read more)
December 20th, 2012
Mississippi ranks fifth in the nation in the percentage of citizens without health insurance, says Ed Sivak, executive director of the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research on public policy issues affecting working Mississippians.  Sivak is a strong proponent… (read more)
December 12th, 2012
JACKSON — Mississippi Medicaid Executive Director David Dzielak declined Monday to affirm a link between an expansion of Medicaid coverage and improved health for the state’s residents. Dzielak, speaking to Senate committees about the state’s possible expansion of Medicaid as… (read more)
December 11th, 2012
With the Affordable Care Act now the law of the land, the only decision for state lawmakers is whether to expand the state Medicaid program, Sen. Dean Kirby said Monday after a roughly three-hour hearing. Read the full article.… (read more)