Even before the pandemic, Mississippi’s health metrics worsened in key areas

September 11, 2020, The Clarion Ledger, Luke Ramseth – 
After the pandemic, the report’s authors predict, there will be further declines in U.S. lifespans, while health care costs will continue to suck up a larger share of income. The pandemic, Collins noted, is likely to leave already poorly-performing states like Mississippi “even farther behind” in terms of their health care system performance. Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, said he wasn’t surprised by the report’s findings. “My first reaction to it is that at best it’s an embarrassment, at worst it’s a morbid dereliction of duty by our lawmakers, that Mississippi continues to rank dead last,” Mitchell said. “Even as we rank dead last overall, we somehow are worsening in key preventive and affordability measures.” 

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