Officials: New COVID-19 cases shifting toward younger Mississippians; vaccines on the way

As newly reported cases of the coronavirus continue to remain at high levels, Mississippi officials said Monday that the demographics of those most affected is starting to shift toward younger people. During a news conference at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Medicine, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Clinical Affairs Alan Jones said people in their 20s and 30s are starting to make up a large part of new cases, though specific data wasn’t provided.The Clarion Ledger, Read More.

Coronavirus in Mississippi exposes 'underbelly of poverty and inequality'

The first plague hit long before the second one struck this year. “The COVID-19 pandemic is pulling the lid off conditions that we have not addressed for generations,” said Bill Bynum, CEO of Hope Credit Union, which serves low-income communities in Mississippi. “These rural and high-poverty areas are being hit harder, because they’re so much more fragile.” Data analysis by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting shows that coronavirus deaths are twice as high per capita in Mississippi’s poorest counties. The Clarion Ledger, Read More.

CMS: More than 800K signed up for ACA plans on on first week of open enrollment

The first week of 2021 open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges saw 818,365 people sign up on The robust start to open enrollment, which began on Nov. 1, comes even during a presidential election. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which reported the numbers late Thursday, said that there were 173,344 new consumers and 645,021 who renewed their coverage for 2021. Fierce Healthcare, Read More.

‘Obamacare’ likely to survive, high court arguments indicate

A more conservative Supreme Court appears unwilling to do what Republicans have long desired: kill off the Affordable Care Act, including its key protections for pre-existing health conditions and subsidized insurance premiums that affect tens of millions of Americans. Associated Press, Read More.

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