In the Poorest Part of the Poorest State, Health Care Is Going From Bad to Worse

In Greenwood, an old cotton port town in the Mississippi Delta, 10 people gathered last July around a table in the center of a gray conference room. They stood with their backs straight, heads bowed. One man bent forward and pressed his palms flat on the white tablecloth. “We ask, Father God, that you bless the administration of this hospital—our CEO, our VP,” he said. “We ask, Father God, that you bless this board of commissioners …”The opening prayer at this particular meeting carried a little more urgency than usual, because Greenwood Leflore Hospital faced a financial reckoning. Bloomberg, Read More.

14.5M get health care under Obama law, with help from Biden

At least 14.5 million Americans are getting private health insurance for this year under the Obama-era health law, thanks to help from the Biden administration.“Health care should be a right, not a privilege, for all Americans,” President Joe Biden said Thursday in a statement announcing the numbers. “We are making that right a reality for a record number of people, bringing down costs and increasing access for families across the country.” AP News, Read More.

New moms are quickly cut off Medicaid in much of the South. Why it matters that some states are considering a change

If you’re a pregnant person in most Southern states, there’s a better than average chance that your prenatal checkups, delivery and other healthcare are covered by Medicaid. But if you’re covered by Medicaid for your pregnancy care, there’s also a better than average chance you’ll lose that coverage two months after the birth of your baby. Why does that matter? Why should non-birthing people care? Here’s our quick and easy explainer on pregnancy Medicaid – and the changes that might be coming for Southerners: Reckon, Read More.

Health & Wellness Day

Another volunteer group provided individuals with proper counseling for those trying to find the right health care plan. Mississippi health helped those enroll in medicaid or directed them to the proper health care plan that met their needs. “We are excited to be here in Cary, MS today on this MLK Day of service. I think that most of all that we have seen during the pandemic that health care needs not only in the Delta but throughout the U.S. are needed. And what we hope to bring here today as this in Cary this day of service is to assist people who are uninsured find health care options.” Delta News TV, Read More.

Are Mississippians getting fed up over the lack of Medicaid expansion?

Peggy Wildman is fed up with the state of health insurance. The 72-year-old Fulton resident is all but begging for someone to do something to provide relief. Sitting in my office, she was animated and frustrated, and while not hopeless, she seemed more resigned than hopeful over the prospect of help coming anytime soon. Her oldest brother, 71, is having a bone marrow transplant. His troubles started about a year ago when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Then it spread to his knee.He is also diabetic and has developed myopathy exhibited as a loss of feeling in his hands and feet. Daily Journal, Read More.

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