Starting in July, RoDena Lloyd’s five children were lifted out of poverty by the Biden administration’s expansion of the child tax credit (CTC), which delivered cash infusions to families across America. But at the end of December, the CTC expired and Congress has thus far not extended it. By late January, 3.7 million U.S. children were plunged back into poverty, according to a recently released Columbia University report. Lloyd, a home health aide who lives with her children, ages 4 through 11, and her disabled husband, Adrien Sr., in Morton, Delaware County, said they’d again fallen below the poverty line — around $42,000 for a family of seven: “The money went away, and now there’s a big hole.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Read More.
On March 13, 2020, as it became clear to more and more Americans that the threat from the pandemic would be serious, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, which then enabled his secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, to declare a public health emergency (PHE). That declaration gave the federal government expanded powers and flexibility to ensure that people got the care they needed by temporarily waiving or modifying “certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance programs and of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule.” The Department of Health and Human Services then told the states to stop their annual assessments of whether people still qualified for public healthcare and instead just let everyone keep their Medicaid (and related programs) until the emergency was over. GRID, Read More.
Republican legislators oppose Medicaid expansion, but want federal dollars to pay for prisoner healthcare
State Republicans have balked at expanding Medicaid, but are embracing legislation that would take advantage of the federal program to pay for healthcare for very sick incarcerated people — and likely create a money-making opportunity for nursing homes. Senate Bill 2448, which passed the Senate with little opposition and is now with the House Medicaid Committee, would allow “medically frail” inmates to be paroled to “special care facilities.” Mississippi Today, Read More.
‘Shut down every step of the way’: How Mississippi’s mental health system failed this family in crisis
Lacey and Teddy Hutchinson of Mize watched, tears streaming down their faces, as their son was intubated and flown by helicopter to Merit Health River Region Hospital in Vicksburg because he needed mental health services the state of Mississippi could not provide. Mississippi Today, Read More.
Senate leaders on Tuesday evening stripped language out of a Medicaid bill that would have functionally voided the state’s contract with health care giant Centene.The House last month approved legislation that would prohibit the Mississippi Division of Medicaid from entering into contracts with companies have paid over $50 million in settlement agreements with the state — legislation seemingly aimed directly at Centene. Daily Journal, Read More.