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.

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Obamacare Seems to Be Reducing People’s Medical Debt

April 20, 2016, The New York Times, Margot Sanger-Katz- Even if you lack health insurance, you’ll probably be able to get treatment at a hospital in the event of a catastrophe - if you’re struck by a car, say. But having insurance can mean the difference between financial security and financial ruin. A new study is showing that, by giving health insurance to low-income people, Obamacare seems to have cut down on their debt substantially. It estimates that medical debt held by people newly covered by Medicaid since 2014 has been reduced by about $600 to $1,000 each year.

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Bill to audit welfare recipients sent back to committee

April 19, 2016, AP News, Nassim Benchaabane- Lawmakers are unlikely to reconsider a bill requiring audits of Medicaid recipients and tightening restrictions on other government aid. A joint House-Senate committee filed the latest version of House Bill 1116 Monday, but the House decided Tuesday to send it back for more consideration. The Senate hasn’t discussed the bill yet. Both legislative chambers would have to approve the bill before it would go to Gov. Phil Bryant. The joint committee could change the bill and send it back to both legislative chambers for approval, but it has a Thursday deadline for doing so before the bill dies.

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Study: Medicaid Expansion Encourages More Poor Adults To Get Health Care

April 18, 2016, Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz- In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults were more likely to see a doctor, stay overnight in a hospital and receive their first diagnoses of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a study published Monday. Yet researchers found no improvement in adults’ own assessments of their health, a conclusion echoed by similar studies, the authors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Two factors might explain the lack of perceived improvement. People did not sign up for Medicaid as soon as it expanded in January 2014 so there was little time to better their health. Also, survey participants’ increased contact with health providers and fresh knowledge about their health might have negatively affected their opinions, the authors said.

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