2015 Legislative Agenda News
THE ACA IS SAVING THE STATE’S MEDICAID PROGRAM MILLIONS
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015
It is a common refrain for legislators to pit investments in healthcare versus education, roads, and other public needs. Last week in the Senate, spending on education was even pitted against spending on education.
In the background, Legislators are also claiming that ballooning growth in Mississippi’s Medicaid program - brought on by ACA mandates - will harm other areas of the state budget.
Last week the Division of Medicaid presented its budget request to the House and Senate. The short of it is that the budget numbers presented by Medicaid don’t match the rhetoric.
Health Care Reform News
CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season
Posted Friday, February 20, 2015
For those who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of the fee for not enrolling in coverage, CMS will provide consumers with an opportunity to purchase health insurance coverage from March 15 to April 30. If consumers do not purchase coverage for 2015 during this special enrollment period, they may have to pay a fee when they file their 2015 income taxes.
Special Enrollment Period for Consumers “In Line” on February 15
Posted Monday, February 16, 2015
“We are pleased that the vast majority of consumers were able to apply and pick a plan through HealthCare.gov or its call center without a problem. For those consumers who were unable to complete their enrollment because of longer than normal wait times at the call center in the last three days or because of a technical issue such as being unable to submit an application because their income could not be verified, we will provide them with a time-limited special enrollment period for March 1 coverage.”
MS LEFT ME OUT: New Medicaid Expansion Effort
Posted Monday, October 13, 2014
Advocates for Medicaid expansion in Mississippi are launching a new campaign today. They are highlighting the stories of people who fall in the so-called ‘medicaid gap’. The campaign, called Mississippi Left Me Out, is an effort to up the pressure on state lawmakers to expand Medicaid to cover more Mississippians. Under the health care reform law, the state can ease access to Medicaid with the federal government picking up the lion’s share of the cost.
Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid
Posted Monday, October 13, 2014
Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said yesterday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation.
#MSLEFTOUT Online Advocacy Day
Posted Thursday, October 02, 2014
Click Here For the MS Left Me Out Advocacy Day Tool Kit
Health Help Mississippi News
How the Affordable Care Act helps small business
“The ACA gives our employees more affordable options than we previously had,” Harris explained. “My advice to any small business considering offering health insurance is do not listen to the pundits. Research how the ACA will apply to your specific company and circumstances, because it affects companies differently.”
Organizations Inform Public About Health Insurance Marketplace
October 16, 2013 - WCBI
The Health Insurance Marketplace opened less than a month ago, but still people have a hard time understanding it. Christine Chandler and Etricia Easley represented their family and church members Tuesday. They’re educating themselves on the Affordable Health Care Law and the new health insurance marketplace.
Mississippi blues: The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion
October 4, 2013 - Reuters
As Americans across the nation begin to find out what Obamacare has in store for them, many of Mississippi’s most needy will find out the answer is nothing.
NEW PROTECTIONS & RIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide security to Mississippi families. While the law will expand coverage to 500,000 Mississippians, it will also provide new rights to families and individuals who are currently insured.
HHS touts health care law’s phone center program
June 6, 2012- USA Today
A phone-center program funded by grants from the 2010 health care law has helped 200,000 people in 22 states gain access to health insurance in its first year of existence, administration officials plan to report today.
An Economic Analysis of the State and Local Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Mississippi
Posted Monday, September 22, 2014
A December 2013 report released by the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) indicates that Medicaid expansion would generate 20,000 new jobs and produce $14 billion in new economic activity while providing health insurance to over 220,000 Mississippians.
The report, An Economic Analysis of the State and Local Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Mississippi, is the first study to look at the fiscal impact of Medicaid on the state and local communities.
Medicaid Expansion Cheaper Than Expected: CBO
The Fiscal Times
With the debate still raging in some states over whether to accept the expansion of Medicaid to cover the working poor, an analysis of CBO data by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities found that the new law is an even better deal for states than first expected.
Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat
Layoffs. Reduced hours. These are some of the sacrifices a South Mississippi hospital is having to make to keep the doors open. Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.
Democrats still pecking away on Medicaid expansion
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Last week, almost quietly, the Mississippi House voted down a proposal to expand Medicaid to cover people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level as is allowed under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Mississippi Hospital Points to Medicaid Expansion As Reason for Doctor Layoff
Mississippi Public Broadcasting
A Mississippi Hospital says federal cuts and the failure to expand Medicaid in Mississippi have caused them to lay off five doctors. MPB’s Jeffrey Hess reports that leaders in the state legislature do not think the firings mean the state should expand the program.