Report: Mississippi among states with an increase in the number of uninsured

February 10, 2016 in Health, News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has […]

Health advocates decry Mississippi’s lack of Medicaid expansion

October 8, 2014 in Health, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said Tuesday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid […]

African Americans in Mississippi and nation benefit from health care reform

December 19, 2013 in Health, News

By Lonnie Ross Online Editor                       Efforts continue at local and national levels to inform more people about the benefits […]

Study shows Medicaid expansion would spur Mississippi economy

December 13, 2013 in Health, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi is losing billions of dollars in potential economic activity because state leaders, so far, have chosen not to extend Medicaid to hundreds of thousands more […]

Bryant: Medicaid special session starts Thursday

June 27, 2013 in Health, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday that he’s calling lawmakers into special session at 10 a.m. Thursday to keep the state’s Medicaid program alive and funded once the new state fiscal year begins July 1.

The Republican is not asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid, which is an option under the federal health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010.

Many Democrats have been pushing to expand Medicaid or to allow low-income working people to use federal subsidies to buy insurance on the private market.
However, Republican leaders say the state can’t afford to add another 300,000 people to Medicaid, and they don’t want to increase people’s dependence on government programs.

Slim chance of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi

January 9, 2013 in Health, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

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 the state can’t afford to put millions more dollars into the federal-state health insurance program for the needy.

On the other side, health advocates say Mississippi – one of the poorest states in the nation – can’t afford to turn down billions of federal dollars that would come with expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010. Hospitals and other providers want lawmakers to consider the economic benefits that could come from an influx of money from Washington.