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2015 Legislative Agenda News


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.

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Health Care Reform News

SCOTUS UPHOLDS ACA SUBSIDIES: 100,000 Sighs of relief in Mississippi

Chief Justice John Roberts: “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”

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Supreme Court May Rip Health Insurance Away from Over 75,000 Mississippians.

Later this month the United States Supreme Court will rule on a case in which the plaintiffs are asking the Court to strip health insurance from thousands of Mississippians and close to 7 million Americans.

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CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season

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.

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Special Enrollment Period for Consumers “In Line” on February 15

“We are pleased that the vast majority of consumers were able to apply and pick a plan through 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.”

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MS LEFT ME OUT: New Medicaid Expansion Effort

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.

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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.”

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Organizations Inform Public About Health Insurance Marketplace

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.

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Mississippi blues: The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion

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.

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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.

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HHS touts health care law’s phone center program

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.

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Medicaid/SCHIP News

An Economic Analysis of the State and Local Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Mississippi

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.

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Medicaid Expansion Cheaper Than Expected: CBO

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.

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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.

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Democrats still pecking away on Medicaid expansion

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.

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Mississippi Hospital Points to Medicaid Expansion As Reason for Doctor Layoff

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.

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