Need an organ transplant in Mississippi? You may be out of luck thanks to an insurance dispute.

One day in early 2020, a Madison man noticed blood in his mouth. His symptoms escalated, and by the end of that week, he was in the intensive care unit at Merit Health Madison. When he woke up from a procedure, the gastroenterologist told him his liver was in bad shape.He had end-stage liver disease, and the only treatment option was a liver transplant. The next two years consisted of a double hip replacement, numerous procedures on his esophagus and visits with an array of specialists, including psychologists.
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Mississippi needs hundreds of doctors. This scholarship program is ‘growing our own

When Dr. Jonathan Buchanan moved home to practice family medicine in Carthage in 2017, he was the first physician to come back to Leake County in 26 years.Many residents had avoided going to the doctor unless it was “dire straits,” Buchanan said. They drove to Jackson or Meridian if they had to. Elderly patients would pay for someone else to take them.
The community was glad to see him.
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What a transition from coronavirus pandemic to endemic could mean for Mississippians

The Mississippi Department of Health reports around 60 new cases of the coronavirus across the state each day, one of the lowest averages since the start of the pandemic. But the disease is not gone and experts say there is a chance transmission could rise again. Dr. Rambod Rouhbakhsh with Forest General Hospital and the Hattiesburg Clinic says there are three major types of disease transmission; a pandemic, an epidemic, and an endemic.
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‘My Governor is counting on me’: Disgraced welfare director bowed to Phil Bryant’s wishes

Phil Bryant had found his yes man.Whether the governor wanted grant funds directed to his favored vendors, a partner to proselytize for his faith-based initiatives, or for someone to keep track of his wayward distant relative, Bryant’s welfare director John Davis was eager to deliver for his boss.It often took no more than a brief text message — sent privately — to get things done.
“Yes sir,” Davis would respond.“Your the best,” Bryant would say.
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CDC extends transportation mask mandate until May 3

The Biden administration is extending its face mask requirement for public transit for another 15 days. That means travelers will still need to mask up in airports, planes, buses, trains and at transit hubs until May 3. The mask travel requirement had been set to expire this coming Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is keeping in place its mask order “in order to assess the potential impact the rise of cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and health care system capacity,” according to an agency spokesperson.
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Who Doesn’t Text in 2022? Most State Medicaid Programs

West Virginia will use the U.S. Postal Service and an online account this summer to connect with Medicaid enrollees about the expected end of the covid public health emergency, which will put many recipients at risk of losing their coverage. What West Virginia won’t do is use a form of communication that’s ubiquitous worldwide: text messaging.“West Virginia isn’t set up to text its members,” Allison Adler, the state’s Medicaid spokesperson, wrote to KHN in an email.
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Biden administration wants to make medical debt less of a threat to consumers’ financial health: ‘People who get sick feel like the system is out to get them’

Medical debt can be a serious drag on consumers’ financial health, but the Biden administration hopes it has a dose of strong medicine coming.
The administration is asking federal agencies to erase medical debt as an underwriting factor in credit programs for certain consumer and small businesses whenever possible, the White House said Monday.
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Phil Bryant had his sights on a payout as welfare funds flowed to Brett Favre

Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant used the authority of his office, the weight of his political influence and the power of his connections to help his friend and retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre boost a fledgling pharmaceutical venture.Then he tried to cash in on the project when he left office, text messages show. Favre believed he could make millions as an early investor in a drug company. He just needed a little more political and financial capital to push the enterprise into the end zone.
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