Two House committees chaired by senior Black Congress members held hearings on Friday to discuss the importance of equitable vaccine distribution and the obstacles that local and federal officials have had up to this point.The Hill, Read More.
President Joe Biden has an unexpected opening to cut deals with red states to expand Medicaid, raising the prospect that the new administration could extend health protections to millions of uninsured Americans and reach a goal that has eluded Democrats for a decade.KHN, Read More.
The average U.S. life expectancy dropped by a year in the first half of 2020, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Life expectancy at birth for the total U.S. population was 77.8 years – a decline of 1 year from 78.8 in 2019. NPR, Read More.
Senate Republicans reject plan to expand Medicaid, provide health care coverage to 300,000 more Mississippians
Senate Republicans rejected two efforts late Tuesday afternoon to expand Medicaid, which would provide coverage to an estimated 300,000 Mississippians who cannot otherwise afford health care. Mississippi, the poorest state in the nation and one of just 12 U.S. states not to expand Medicaid, would receive an estimated $1 billion per year in federal funds from the program.Mississippi Today, Read More.
The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Monday it confirmed the first case of a COVID-19 variant in the state that is known to spread more easily and quickly than other strains. The United Kingdom first identified the strain, called B.1.1.7, last fall. Mississippi Today, Read More.