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Food Policy Council News

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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Food stamp benefit increase going away

Mississippians and others receiving food stamps will see their monthly benefits reduced beginning next Friday.

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Health Care Reform News

Consumer Story: Joe Bynum Gets Covered

The New Health Care Law Is Working For Mississippi. Ask Joe Bynum! Joe got covered for $43 a month.

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Mississippi Leaders Partner on Healthcare Enrollment Tour

Mayors and elected officials, representing cities and towns throughout Mississippi, will partner with Cover Mississippi to educate and enroll their constituents in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The “March to Healthcare Tour” is a collaboration between the Cover Mississippi coalition and state and local leaders. The goal of the tour is to provide direct assistance to thousands of Mississippians seeking affordable health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.

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Blacks in South urged to enroll in health care plans

Betty Cooper and other volunteers in Monroe, La., are dropping off fliers at housing developments, sticking them in students’ backpacks and delivering them to area churches.

The fliers, featuring a smiling African-American family, invite people to Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church each Saturday this month to learn more about the Affordable Care Act — and hopefully to enroll in a health insurance plan.

It’s all part of a determined effort by community groups, churches and civil rights organizations — particularly in the South — to sign up more African Americans for health care under the federal law ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.

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This month’s big deadline: What you need to know

Sick of hearing about the health care law?

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Plenty of people have tuned out after all the political jabber and website woes.

But now is the time to tune back in, before it’s too late.

The big deadline is coming March 31.

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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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Health Help Mississippi News

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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Health Help Mississippi improves options in Desoto County

With an initial campaign aimed at boosting health care options for young adults, the nonprofit Health Help Mississippi has opened a 22-county regional base on the Hernando square at 2560 U.S. 51 S.

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Medicaid/SCHIP News

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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Health care navigators fight misinformation

Mike Jones (not his real name) didn’t have a lot of confidence that the Affordable Care Act would do him much good. A self-employed truck driver, Jones, 61, had good reason to be skeptical: The health-insurance plans he had found previously were way out of his financial reach, so he had remained uninsured. If he got sick, he would go to a clinic where a sliding scale allowed him to pay what he could for health care. Nonetheless, he was willing to find out. So he gathered his tax documents and showed up at the desk of a marketplace navigator, someone trained to help people enroll in new plans under the ACA. He was in for a pleasant surprise. It turned out he qualified for a plan that (costs him) about $20,” a month, said Jarvis Dortch, one of Mississippi’s navigators. “He came back about two times, because he thought, ‘This can’t be right.’”

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Hospitals less vocal on Medicaid expansion

At a Senate Committee meeting last week, Tim Moore, the new chief executive officer of the Mississippi Hospital Association, was described as giving a “less than enthusiastic” endorsement of Medicaid expansion. Last year, the Hospital Association was one of the chief and most powerful proponents of the Mississippi Legislature expanding Medicaid to cover those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Study Medicaid Coverage “Gap” 40% of Total Uninsured in Mississippi

Mississippians in the so-called Medicaid Coverage Gap make up nearly forty-percent of the state’s uninsured population according to a new study. MPB’s Jeffrey Hess reports two online petitions to expand the program in Mississippi have received more than two-thousand signatures….

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