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House Political Games Kill Medicaid Extension For New Mothers in Mississippi

For the second year in a row, Mississippi House leadership has once again killed an extension of postpartum Medicaid benefits, likely guaranteeing that many low-income people will lose health insurance benefits only two months after giving birth. In February, the Mississippi Senate passed Senate Bill 2033, which would have extended coverage to 12 months if the House had also approved it, in a 46-5 vote. Yesterday, the bill died for the second year in a row, victim to political gamesmanship. MS Free Press, Read More.

Some mentally ill Mississippians wait in jail for hospital beds, report finds

Last winter, a George County woman spent weeks waiting in jail for a bed at a mental health facility. Civil commitment – when a local court orders someone to be hospitalized for treatment – is supposed to be used when a person with a serious mental illness is in crisis, not when someone has addiction, an intellectual disability or dementia. The George County woman’s diagnosis was “major neurocognitive disorder,” an umbrella term that includes dementia. Mississippi Today, Read More.

Some mentally ill Mississippians wait in jail for hospital beds, report finds

Last winter, a George County woman spent weeks waiting in jail for a bed at a mental health facility. Civil commitment – when a local court orders someone to be hospitalized for treatment – is supposed to be used when a person with a serious mental illness is in crisis, not when someone has addiction, an intellectual disability or dementia. The George County woman’s diagnosis was “major neurocognitive disorder,” an umbrella term that includes dementia. Mississippi Today, Read More.

Every state has now moved to end universal indoor masking requirements

Officials in every U.S. state and jurisdiction have now ended, or announced an end, to their indoor universal masking requirements. Over the last month, states from coast to coast have moved to end mask mandates as coronavirus cases have plummeted. By the end of March, there will be no more statewide or school mask mandates in effect. ABC, Read More.

States receive two extra months to finish Medicaid renewals, post-PHE

State Medicaid departments will now have 14 months after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency to complete Medicaid renewals and outstanding eligibility actions—though states still have to initiate all renewals and actions within 12 months, according to a new guidance letter sent to state officials Thursday. Modern Healthcare, Read More.

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