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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

New Fellowship Program for Jackson Undergrads

Beginning August 15, the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program will accept applications for the 2014 Dr. Aaron Shirley Health Advocacy Fellowship Program. Fellowships will be provided to undergraduate students living in the Jackson Metro Area. The program will commence in September 2014 and run through April 2015.

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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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20 Million Americans Get Insurance Under Obamacare, Report Says

About 20 million Americans have gained health insurance or enrolled in new insurance under the health care reform law, according to a new report.

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Young adults healthier after passage of Obamacare, study finds

Expanding the number of young adults with health insurance appears to have improved their health and saved them money, according to a new study that is among the first to measure the effect of the healthcare law that President Obama signed four years ago.

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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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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

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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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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