Here’s where Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy stand on healthcare ahead of Senate race

September 9, Mississippi Today, Bobby Harrison – A week after the Nov. 3 general election, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on a lawsuit, supported by President Donald Trump, to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. As COVID-19 continues to grip the nation, healthcare costs and accessibility remains one of the top issues for voters, and multiple polls show that most Mississippians consider the issue as their top policy concern.Incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith hopes the nation’s highest court sides with the president. Former congressman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, her Democratic opponent in the November election, hopes the court does not. View Story.

Hinds County nursing home experience one of worst COVID-19 outbreaks in state. 27 residents died

September 8, The Clarion Ledger, Justin Vicory – Gloria Hill is calling it quits. Hill, a long-time employee of Manhattan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hinds County, said she is exhausted from the rising number of coronavirus infections and deaths at the nursing home, the most in the state. In just over a month, the state Department of Health reported 144 staff and residents at the 180-bed facility were infected with the virus. Of those, 27 residents have died. The 60-year-old Hill said going to work was like entering a war zone. She decided to retire in late July when infections at the center were close to reaching their peak.  View Story.

‘Safe, non-judgmental.’ Coast native opens 1st MS clinic dedicated to trans healthcare

September 8, 2020, SunHerald, Isabelle Taft – When Gulf Coast native Stacie Pace decided to open her own clinic, the nurse practitioner carefully considered one question: Whose healthcare needs were not being met? The answer, she concluded, was transgender people in Mississippi, who are estimated to number around 15,000. Nationwide, nearly 20% of trans people say they’ve been denied access to healthcare because they are trans. And in a state with only one medical facility consistently offering hormone therapy, one healthcare need stood out to Pace. View Story.

Fe durante la pandemia:Tupelo Hispanic ministry provides strength to families struggling through the pandemic

September 6, 2020, Daily Journal, Danny McArthur – For Maria Perez, a member of the Hispanic Ministry at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo, the ongoing pandemic has had a profound emotional toll. Perez, who considers herself a very affectionate person, said being unable to interact physically with people has been incredibly difficult. For her, friends are family, and not being able to hug and talk to others has been a struggle. And the pandemic has made her husband, Salvador, incredibly anxious.Faith, she said, is pulling them through. View Story.

HHS Plan to Improve Rural Health Focuses on Better Broadband, Telehealth Services

September 4, 2020, KHN, Sarah Jane Tribble – Knowing it may be met with some skepticism, the Trump administration Thursday announced a sweeping plan that officials say will transform health care in rural America. Even before the coronavirus pandemic reached into the nation’s less-populated regions, rural Americans were sicker, poorer and older than the rest of the country. Hospitals are shuttering at record rates, and health care experts have long called for changes. Click Here to View Story.

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