University of Mississippi Medical Center to host free cancer screenings for women

The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s pathology department and Cancer Center and Research Institute will offer free cervical, breast and oral cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women aged 21-64 in August.The screenings will take place on Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cancer Center and Research Institute, 350 Woodrow Wilson Blvd. in Jackson.Screenings include.The Clarion Ledger, Read More.

More Red-State Trouble

Still, only 54 percent of adults in rural areas have received at least one vaccine shot, according to the most recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, compared with 72 percent of urban residents. Kaiser found that vaccination rates were also below average for Americans under 50; Black Americans; Republicans; and people without a college degree.“It is the unvaccinated people who are dying,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi’s state health officer, said, according to the television station WLBT. “The unvaccinated people who are going to the hospital. The unvaccinated people who are getting diagnosed, for the most part.”The New York Times, Read More.

Special Affordable Care Act subsidies available for unemployed Americans starting July 1

Unemployed Americans will be able to sign up for hefty subsidies for 2021 coverage on the federal Affordable Care Act exchange starting July 1, the Biden administration announced Tuesday.The benefit, part of the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion rescue package enacted in March, allows anyone who receives or is approved to receive unemployment compensation during the year to select policies for as little as $0 a month in premiums and with little cost-sharing requirements, after federal assistance. CNN, Read More.

Trump-era law on surprise medical bills advances under Biden

The Biden administration on Thursday began putting in place consumer protections against “surprise” medical bills enacted in bipartisan legislation signed last year by former President Donald Trump. Regulations jointly issued by four federal agencies spell out protections for insured patients against surprise billing in medical emergencies, and unexpected charges from out-of-network doctors at an in-network facility. AP News, Read More.

Advocates Celebrate Start Of Benefits Under Oklahoma Medicaid Expansion

More than 120,000 uninsured Oklahomans get health coverage Thursday when voter-approved Medicaid expansion takes effect.Voters narrowly approved a state constitutional amendment last June to make more working adults eligible for the program. It was put on the ballot through the initiative petition process after lawmakers declined to expand Medicaid for years.Oklahoma Policy Institute has long made the case for Medicaid expansion. Public Radio Tulsa, Read More.

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