Screenings can change a child's life. In Mississippi, most young kids don't get them

Katina Spaulding’s daughter started walking at 15 months. Spaulding thought that was normal: This was her first child, and she had no one to compare her to.But when Spaulding enrolled her daughter in the Head Start program in Biloxi, a developmental screening revealed she wasn’t learning at her age level. Additional tests showed the little girl couldn’t hear properly because her eardrum was full of fluid.“That made her walk late, talk late– she wasn’t connecting the dots,” Spaulding said. The Meridian Star, Read More.

Lawmakers aim for more emergency rooms in rural Mississippi

Mississippi lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at bolstering health care in rural Mississippi. The bill recently approved by both chambers of the state Legislature would permit the construction of “freestanding” emergency rooms in rural counties. The freestanding ERs would not have to be attached to hospitals. AP News, Read More.

Tupelo couple sues north Mississippi hospital for alleged balance billing

A Tupelo couple is suing a north Mississippi hospital and its affiliates over an alleged balance-billing scheme that cost them nearly $50,000. Balance billing is illegal under a state law passed in 2013. The law states that if a health care provider accepts payment from a health insurance company on behalf of a patient, the provider is prohibited from collecting any amount from the patient above their deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance amount. MS Today, Read More.

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