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Farmer’s goal at SLU: Bring in farm-fresh food

For years, students at Southeastern Louisiana University have been on a mission to bring locally grown food to campus, Professor David Burley said. The market brings them one step closer to making their goal a reality.

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The plot to make Big Food pay

Lawyers are pitching state attorneys general in 16 states with a radical idea: make the food industry pay for soaring obesity-related health care costs.

 

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Chicken fight over labeling looms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given China permission to export poultry processed there to the United States as long as the chicken was raised in the United States, Canada or Chile.

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Program Encourages Schools to bring Local Produce to Lunch Tray

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says about 17 percent of Mississippi school districts are participating in farm to school activities.

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First-ever census reveals growing popularity of Farm to School programs

More than 40 percent of the U.S. public school districts that responded to a historic census said they were participating in a program that helps bring fresh, local produce to school cafeterias. The percentage of participating schools was even higher in Maryland, Virginia and the District, where the program has taken deep root.

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Health Care Reform News

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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Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid

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.

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#MSLEFTOUT Online Advocacy Day

Click Here For the MS Left Me Out Advocacy Day Tool Kit

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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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Newest Health Insurance Customers Are Generally Happy

We’ve known for a few months now that lots of people signed up for health insurance this year in new marketplaces. A new survey shows that the people who did so are also pretty happy with their purchases.

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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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NEW PROTECTIONS & RIGHTS FOR FAMILIES

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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