Hosemann said lawmakers are drafting a proposal that would bring health insurance to working people in Mississippi, but said it’s too early to provide details on what format that plan would take. When asked whether a proposal could be presented this session, Hosemann said it would be made “as soon as we can do it.” USNews, Read More.
The federal government normally pays 90% of the costs of Medicaid expansion, but because of congressional action in response to the coronavirus, the feds will now pay even more to states that expand. Gunn and Reeves have voiced strong opposition to expansion. Hosemann has indicated he would be willing to study the issue and had indicated Senate committees would before the 2022 session began, but they did not. MS Today, Read More.
A recent survey of Mississippi registered voters age 50 and older found that one-third believe it is extremely or very likely that they, or someone they know, may lose health care coverage due to cost or job loss, and another fifth believe it is somewhat likely. Mississippi voters age 50 and over overwhelmingly consider Medicaid important to themselves and their fellow residents and express strong support for expanding access to those who earn less than $18,000 per year. AARP, Read More.f
Demand for mental health care for children has risen throughout the pandemic according to a new study from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Dustin Sarver is Clinical Director of Child Access to Mental Health and Psychiatry, also known as CHAMP. The group works with 25% of pediatric care providers across the state to offer psychiatric care assistance. Dr. Sarver says the pandemic has affected the lives of all children here in the state, especially when it disrupted the ability to get together socially either in or out of classrooms. MPB, Read More.
Most of the Mississippi Coast’s 11 school districts are not enforcing a mask mandate as students return to in-person classes this week following the holidays and a rapid spike in omicron COVID-19 cases. Biloxi, Pass Christian, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and Jackson County School Districts are open this week with optional mask wearing for students and staff, despite calls from Mississippi State Department of Health officials to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for universal indoor masking by all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. SunHerald, Read More.