Welcome. MHAP promotes health system change by developing innovative health and human services policy and monitoring implementation. The program also provides information and support to front-line workers and poor communities as they work to address problems at the local level. Mississippi Health Advocacy Programs (MHAP) combines research, analysis and grass-roots organizing to improve health policies, practices and funding in Mississippi, especially in support of the state's poor and underserved people.
Pastor who banned fried chicken leads Mississippi Obamacare push
October 27, 2013 - Reuters
When Dr Michael Minor first became pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, in 1996, he discovered a population overcome by an epidemic of obesity.
“It was so bad, I was having a funeral every weekend,” he said.
Minor took dramatic action for a Southern preacher, banning fried chicken at church potlucks and setting up a walking track around the church perimeter.
He has had marked success. “You can see the difference. People are much better sized, way better. And once they get it off, they want to keep it off,” he said.
Now he is taking on the much bigger task of trying to get the state’s nearly 275,000 uninsured people to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
As Mississippi Rejects Medicaid Expansion, a Family Vows to Leave
October 23, 2013 - New America Media
Chris Stark is a fan of the Affordable Care Act. And though he was successful at purchasing an insurance policy through the healthcare.gov website, which enabled him and his wife Meredith to bring an end to three years of being uninsured, Chris says the couple is weighing the possibility of leaving Mississippi because of its inaction on Medicaid expansion.
Blue Cross agrees to pay in-network rates at four HMA hospitals
October 22, 2013 - Associated Press
The insurer responded by suing Bryant in federal court Friday, denying Bryant has that power and seeking an order to block any action.
“The governor’s attempt to act under the color of state authority to dictate the business practices of private parties is an unprecedented act that disregards multiple fundamental rights,” the lawsuit states.
Among the authorities Bryant cited was an unfair trade practice statute. That law only allows the insurance commissioner to issue a cease and desist order and to fine someone. It doesn’t appear to allow the state to order a company to start doing something.
“It seems to be a bit beyond the scope of the unfair trade practices act,” Haire said.
The lawsuit also took personal aim at Bryant, noting he had opposed forcing people to buy health insurance in his opposition to the federal health care overhaul and saying forcing it to contract with HMA for services was a similar situation. It also questioned Bryant’s sincerity in light of his opposition to expanding Medicaid to cover uninsured residents under the overhaul.
“The governor’s sudden interest in access to health care is interesting given that he blocked approximately 300,000 Mississippians from participating in the Medicaid program,” the lawsuit states.