OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Singing River Health System retirees are taking their fight to the steps of the State Capitol. Members of a group called SRHS Hopes will meet Sunday afternoon in Ocean Springs. They'll gather at a place called Saints Retreat on Ocean Springs Road to coordinate their plan for Tuesday's road trip to Jackson.
This morning on Good Morning Mississippi Weekend, we learned the basis of that trip is to show support for a Senate bill that demands more transparency with the state's public hospitals. The state Senate has already passed the measure. It's now in the House of Representatives.
While in Jackson, the retirees will have a chance to meet with lawmakers, and lobby them for support of the measure. They'll also stage a rally on the southside of the capitol. It will look very similar to gatherings held in South Mississippi. The retirees will hold signs, urging lawmakers to pass a bill that forces the board of trustees of public hospitals like Singing River Health System to be more transparent and meet in the open.
The protests started after retirees learned the hospital system hasn't been contributing to its pension fund for years. And the pension money retirees counted on could be in jeopardy.
Last week, Jackson County supervisors passed a resolution that keeps the pension fund hole through July 15. That agreement still must be approved by Singing River trustees.