Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:26:30 GMT
Community members and fellow classmates of Natalie Hightower are gathering tonight for a candlelight vigil in her honor. The 12-year-old Vancleave Middle School student underwent surgery this past MondayMore >>
They came, looking like a sea of orange--Natalie's favorite color, more than 200 strong.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:43 PM EDT2013-05-20 01:43:50 GMT
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned. According to DMR Public Relations Manager Lauren Thompson said DMR received a report about the incident around 6:30 p.m.More >>
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
State lawmakers are finally going to sit down to discuss Medicaid expansion. The House Medicaid committee will hold a hearing Monday afternoon on the issue. Right now elected officials are sharply divided over whether Mississippi should opt into a federal program that would widen eligibility requirements. In the meantime, a health advocacy group in favor of expansion is traveling the state talking to people.
Supporters of Medicaid expansion say too many Mississippians can't afford to go to the doctor's office when they get sick. They said by expanding eligibility, 300,000 additional people will have health coverage.
"There is a perception among some folks that it's just a bunch of poor people who don't work, and they're already getting a free ride an we're just going to put more of them into the system. That's not true," said Rep. David Baria, a Democrat from Bay St. Louis. "The 300,000 people that we're talking about will be the working poor. These are people who work for a living but they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid currently but they don't make enough to afford a Cadillac health policy."
The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program is trying to get the word out about the 9,000 jobs that an Institutions of Higher Learning study determined a Medicaid expansion would create. The group is also telling people about how Medicaid Disproportionate Hospital Share payments, which currently helps offset expenses hospitals incur to treat the uninsured, is about to be slashed.
Corey Wiggins is part of the Mississippi Road to Reform Program. "Regardless if the state expands Medicaid or not the state will see a reduction in DSH payments which are Disproportionate Hospital Payments."
"So what you have are hospitals that will see a reduction in the dollars that they get to provide care for people without health insurance," Wiggins said. "Then you'll have people without health insurance still coming to them. So this puts hospitals in a really big quandary of trying to figure out how do we continue provide services to the best our abilities while we're losing a source of revenue."
Expansion supporters know they face strong opposition from Governor Phil Bryant.
Rep Baria said "He's so far out on a limb at this point opposing everything that comes out of Washington and Obamacare in particular that he's going to have a hard time backing off of his opposition to this. But I think the ice is cracking and he's looking for a way out of this box."
The House Medicaid Committee hearing is Monday at 1 PM in Jackson.
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