Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:13:35 GMT
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso around 9:30pmMore >>
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso area around 9:30 Monday night. Investigators say it happened on Church Street near the Hall Street intersection in a car.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:31 GMT
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas, despite a new gun law in the state.More >>
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas despite a new gun law in the state. As WLOX has reported, starting July 1st Mississippians will be able to openly carry a gun and other weapons with or without a permit. Some Jackson county leaders want to create a local ordinance to keep weapons in check.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:16 GMT
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when...More >>
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when the truck driver popped the tank and gas started spilling out.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
It's a much debated decision in Mississippi; whether to expand the state's Medicaid program or leave it alone. As part of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center's annual policy conference, that was the topic of discussion Friday morning.
"It's a huge public health and economic opportunity for our state," said center director Ed Sivak.
Sivak highlights a report from the Institutions of Higher Learning that shows expanding the program will cost the state much less than previously estimated. The federal government would cover all costs for the first three years and then funding declines to 90 percent leaving the state to pay for the rest. Previous estimates put state costs at about $1.6 billion through the year 2020. The IHL estimate puts spending just under $110 million and adds 312,000 Mississippians to the Medicaid rolls.
"You can't not say that there is some state share of this but if you really look at what the benefits are, I think they're well offset," said vice president for health policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Judy Solomon.
Solomon says not expanding comes with impacts as well.
"If the state doesn't expand, I think you'll see impacts on insurance premiums, raising private premiums," said Solomon.
This discussion on Medicaid comes as Governor Phil Bryant travels the state discussing ways to improve healthcare. Bryant does not support a Medicaid expansion saying the state can not afford it. Solomon says an expansion is a way to help Bryant actually reach his goal of healthcare reform.
"What I've heard about what the governor is saying is actually very consistent with expanding medicaid in terms of talking about healthcare as a driver of the economy," said Solomon.
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves agrees reform is needed but during a meeting last month said expanding Medicaid would break the budget.
"The reality is that the adding, in our state as Obamacare would do, 400,000 to 500,000 Mississippians on to the Medicaid rolls, we just don't believe is the right way to do it," said Reeves.
Given Mississippi's health rankings and economic conditions, Sivak says the state could lose out if an expansion isn't taken advantage of.
"The benefits absolutely outweigh the expenditures that we would put out especially in the context of making our population healthier, creating jobs and creating economic opportunity," said Sivak.
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