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The Affordable Care Act and the 2015 Tax Season

The 2015 tax season is the first time individuals and families will be asked for some basic information regarding their health insurance on the their tax returns. Here are 4 basic scenarios for you to look for during tax season.

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THE ACA IS SAVING THE STATE’S MEDICAID PROGRAM MILLIONS

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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Mississippi to pay for Tennessee’s Medicaid Expansion

Yesterday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced Insure Tennessee - a plan to close the volunteer state’s coverage gap.
Insure Tennessee would leverage billions in federal Medicaid dollars to provide health insurance to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

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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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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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Analysis: Medicaid debate expected again in 2015

Roy Mitchell, director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, says about 130,000 Mississippi residents fall in an “insurance gap” because they earn too much to be on Medicaid but too little to qualify for federal tax breaks that would make private insurance more affordable.

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Mississippi and Texas Health Advocates to Discuss Their State’s Health Coverage Gaps

JACKSON, MISS - 50th and 51st. Mississippi and Texas are battling it out for last place in uninsured rankings. Years of political posturing against the new health care law are now having real affects on health outcomes and services in both states.  Next week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will welcome Texas Governor Rick Perry to Jackson. Both Governors have rejected billions in federal health care dollars that would provide health insurance to their state’s working poor and much needed funding for rural hospitals.

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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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