Mississippi welfare agency asked current subgrantees to return $1 million in safety net funds

Mississippi Department of Human Services Director Bob Anderson says he’s cleaning up the agency. In the last year, his agency has demanded subgrantees to return nearly $1 million in safety net funds it says the organizations misspent or did not properly document, according to a Mississippi Today analysis of 149 letters. According to interviews with subgrantees, the accounting issues identified in the last year have much more to do with technical clerical errors and unclear reporting expectations than with outright misspending. Many findings, even final demands, were cleared after negotiations between the parties, without funds being returned.Mississippi Today, Read More.

Child care centers may finally receive up to over $400,000 in pandemic relief grants

After cries from struggling child care providers, many of whom were forced to stay open during the pandemic even while schools closed, Mississippi has started taking federal grant applications from day care centers.The Mississippi Department of Human Services received $319 million from the American Rescue Plan Act in April to help stabilize the child care industry. Centers may apply for a direct grant, which could be over $400,000 depending on their capacity size, on the agency’s website.Mississippi Today, Read More.

Obamacare 2022: Enrollment Is Up, Insurance Premiums Are Down

Flush with new subsidies for consumers and on the heels of an $80 million marketing campaign to build awareness, sign-ups for individual market health insurance coverage created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are moving at an impressive clip. Almost 4.6 million Americans have purchased health insurance through or state-based insurance exchanges during this latest open enrollment period, according to data from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Healthline, Read More.

Closing Coverage Gap and Making Premium Subsidies Permanent Could Cover 7 Million Uninsured

Enacting key health insurance provisions like those in the Build Back Better legislation could cover 7 million uninsured people in 2022, an Urban Institute study finds. This striking gain — nearly a quarter of the uninsured non-elderly population — would result from closing the Medicaid coverage gap and making premium subsidies enacted in the American Rescue Plan permanent.CBPP, Read More.

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