Pastor who banned fried chicken leads Mississippi Obamacare push
October 27, 2013 - Reuters
When Dr Michael Minor first became pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, in 1996, he discovered a population overcome by an epidemic of obesity.
“It was so bad, I was having a funeral every weekend,” he said.
Minor took dramatic action for a Southern preacher, banning fried chicken at church potlucks and setting up a walking track around the church perimeter.
He has had marked success. “You can see the difference. People are much better sized, way better. And once they get it off, they want to keep it off,” he said.
Now he is taking on the much bigger task of trying to get the state’s nearly 275,000 uninsured people to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
As Mississippi Rejects Medicaid Expansion, a Family Vows to Leave
October 23, 2013 - New America Media
Chris Stark is a fan of the Affordable Care Act. And though he was successful at purchasing an insurance policy through the healthcare.gov website, which enabled him and his wife Meredith to bring an end to three years of being uninsured, Chris says the couple is weighing the possibility of leaving Mississippi because of its inaction on Medicaid expansion.
Blue Cross agrees to pay in-network rates at four HMA hospitals
October 22, 2013 - Associated Press
The insurer responded by suing Bryant in federal court Friday, denying Bryant has that power and seeking an order to block any action.
“The governor’s attempt to act under the color of state authority to dictate the business practices of private parties is an unprecedented act that disregards multiple fundamental rights,” the lawsuit states.
Among the authorities Bryant cited was an unfair trade practice statute. That law only allows the insurance commissioner to issue a cease and desist order and to fine someone. It doesn’t appear to allow the state to order a company to start doing something.
“It seems to be a bit beyond the scope of the unfair trade practices act,” Haire said.
The lawsuit also took personal aim at Bryant, noting he had opposed forcing people to buy health insurance in his opposition to the federal health care overhaul and saying forcing it to contract with HMA for services was a similar situation. It also questioned Bryant’s sincerity in light of his opposition to expanding Medicaid to cover uninsured residents under the overhaul.
“The governor’s sudden interest in access to health care is interesting given that he blocked approximately 300,000 Mississippians from participating in the Medicaid program,” the lawsuit states.
Organizations Inform Public About Health Insurance Marketplace
October 16, 2013 - WCBI
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.
Insurance enrollment ongoing for Affordable Care Act
October 6, 2013 - Natchez Democrat
For those shopping for health insurance through the new marketplaces that were created by the Affordable Care Act, it may be a bit overwhelming.
Mississippi blues: The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion
October 4, 2013 - Reuters
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.
Millions of Poor are Left Uncovered by Health Law
October 2, 2013 - New York Times
A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times.
Food stamp benefit increase going away
October 25, 2013 - Clarion Ledger
Mississippians and others receiving food stamps will see their monthly benefits reduced beginning next Friday.
First-ever census reveals growing popularity of Farm to School programs
October 22, 2013 - Washington Post
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.
Food expired? Don’t be so quick to toss it
September 19, 2013 - Time
A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic says Americans are prematurely throwing out food, largely because of confusion over what expiration dates actually mean.