'This cannot go on': Severe nursing shortage equals fewer and fewer staffed hospital beds

There are almost 3,000 registered nurse vacancies in Mississippi pushing the state’s hospitals to the brink of failure.Some hospitals have had even greater losses since that number was released, as much as 40% amid a pandemic that refuses to relent, according to Kim Hoover, chief operating officer of Mississippi Hospital Association. It’s Center for Quality and Workforce gathered the data. The Clarion Ledger, Read More.

Mississippi clinics turned women away — even during crises — if they had past due bills

Aubree Jordan of Madison has suffered from endometriosis since she was in middle school. She was a regular patient at The Woman’s Clinic in Madison, and saw her doctor up to five times a year. But after a surgery at the clinic as a college student, she incurred a bill she was slowly paying as she was able. Before she could, though, she said she received a letter from her doctor stating she couldn’t come to her upcoming appointment until the bill had been paid in full. MS Today, Read More.

In Mississippi, there are too many patients and not enough staff

Some states are emerging from the omicron surge, but hospitals in Mississippi are in crisis. Demand for beds are up, but there are shortages of staff. Shalina Chatlani with the Gulf States Newsroom reports from Brookhaven, Miss. SHALINA CHATLANI, BYLINE: Brookhaven, population 12,500, is a sleepy little town split in half by railroad tracks and dotted with small businesses, arcades and mom-and-pop diners. One of its biggest employers is King’s Daughters Medical Center, where CEO Alvin Hoover says the pandemic has been hard to weather. NPR, Read More.

Bill would help Mississippi welfare recipients create savings accounts

A bill pending in the state Senate would provide a $2-to-$1 match for Mississippi welfare recipients to help them create savings accounts.“Of the 100 most un-banked communities in the country, 17 are in Mississippi,” said Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, co-author of Senate Bill 2634 along with Sen. Chris Caughman, R-Mendenhall. Horhn said the program, similar to ones being run by a majority of other states, would be funded up to about $1 million with federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money, with the goal of helping people get off welfare. MS Today, Read More.

Next big health crisis: 15M people could lose Medicaid when pandemic ends

Millions of the most vulnerable Americans could lose their Medicaid insurance when the pandemic ends, and some state officials are worried they might not have enough time or resources to help people find new coverage.States expect the current federal public health emergency to expire this year, triggering a requirement that they must comb through their Medicaid rolls to see who is no longer eligible. Those audits, which have been suspended for the past two years, could lead to as many as 15 million people losing their health insurance, including 6 million children, according to an analysis from the Urban Institute. Politico, Read More.

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