April 1, 2020, Modern Healthcare, Michael Brady – President Donald Trump Wednesday suggested that he might reconsider reopening enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, even though his administration reportedly decided against it. When a reporter asked the president why he chose not to reopen enrollment, Trump deferred to Vice President Mike Pence, who touted recent announcements from insurers Cigna and Humana that they’ll waive cost-sharing for medical expenses resulting from COVID-19 treatment. Click here to view the story.
April 1, 2020, Mississippi Today, Erica Hensley – Mississippi currently has the highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the nation, at 31 percent, according to states’ health department data gathered by The COVID Tracking Project. Based on numbers the state health department released Wednesday, 333 patients have been hospitalized so far and 22 people have died. Since the state started regularly updating hospitalization rates, Mississippi has consistently remained among the top three states of about 40 states consistently reporting hospitalization data. As of Wednesday, Oklahoma and South Carolina rank just behind Mississippi, at 30 and 27 percent, respectively. Mississippi also has the 14th most hospitalizations in the nation, data show. Click here to view the story.
MHAP has partnered with the Children’s Defense Fund and the Mississippi Economic Policy Center to conduct a series of interactive community discussions on health care in Mississippi. A Seat at the Table: Community Dialogues on the Impact of Tax Policy on Health Care in Mississippi will be group discussions held in Gulfport, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian, and Tupelo. The dialogues, consisting of 25 participants chosen randomly, are designed to foster open and honest deliberation primarily focused on funding options for Medicaid. For more information on the dialogues call 601.353.0845. VENUES FOR THE COMMUNITY DIALOGUES HATTIESBURG USM Campus Union-Thad Cochran Center Monday, October 13, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm GULFPORT MS Gulf Coast Community College Thursday, October 16, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm TUPELO Itawamba Community College –Health Occupation Bldg. Monday, October 20, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm GREENVILLE Greenville Higher Education Center Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm MERIDIAN Meridian Community College-Webb Hall Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm
March 30, 2020, The Clarion Ledger, Sarah Fowler – The state Health Department announced 89 new cases of the coronavirus in Mississippi Monday, bringing the state’s total to 847 in 75 of 82 counties, with 16 deaths. Desoto County currently has the highest number of confirmed cases in the state with 77, while Hinds County has 74. The deaths have been reported in Amite, Desoto, Hancock, Harrison, Holmes, Lee, Leflore, Perry, Rankin, Sunflower, Tippah, Tunica, Webster and Wilkinson counties. Tippah and Wilkinson counties have each reported two deaths. Click here to view the story.
Gov. Tate Reeves defends handling of the COVID-19 crisis; talks Medicaid expansion, Trump and his co
March 30, 2020, Mississippi Today, Adam Ganucheau – Gov. Tate Reeves sat down with Mississippi Today on Friday, March 27, for a podcast interview about his response to the coronavirus outbreak. In the 45-minute interview, Reeves answered questions about decisions he’s made as the virus has spread in Mississippi, how prepared the state of Mississippi is for a “worst case scenario,” how he believes politics has played into criticism he’s received and whether the health care crisis has changed his perspective on Medicaid expansion. Click here to view the story.