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Red States Like Obamacare More Than You Might Think

A new analysis from Avalere Health issued last week found that enrollment on government-run exchanges where Americans could sign up for health benefits met or exceeded expectations in 22 states. Of those, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah exceeded enrollment expectations, according to Avalere’s analysis, which also accounted “for any attrition due to nonpayment of premiums.”


Medicaid Expansion Cheaper Than Expected: CBO

With the debate still raging in some states over whether to accept the expansion of Medicaid to cover the working poor, an analysis of CBO data by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities found that the new law is an even better deal for states than first expected.


Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

Layoffs. Reduced hours. These are some of the sacrifices a South Mississippi hospital is having to make to keep the doors open. Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.


Consumer Story: Joe Bynum Gets Covered

The New Health Care Law Is Working For Mississippi. Ask Joe Bynum! Joe got covered for $43 a month.


Mississippi Leaders Partner on Healthcare Enrollment Tour

Mayors and elected officials, representing cities and towns throughout Mississippi, will partner with Cover Mississippi to educate and enroll their constituents in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The “March to Healthcare Tour” is a collaboration between the Cover Mississippi coalition and state and local leaders. The goal of the tour is to provide direct assistance to thousands of Mississippians seeking affordable health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.


Blacks in South urged to enroll in health care plans

Betty Cooper and other volunteers in Monroe, La., are dropping off fliers at housing developments, sticking them in students’ backpacks and delivering them to area churches.

The fliers, featuring a smiling African-American family, invite people to Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church each Saturday this month to learn more about the Affordable Care Act — and hopefully to enroll in a health insurance plan.

It’s all part of a determined effort by community groups, churches and civil rights organizations — particularly in the South — to sign up more African Americans for health care under the federal law ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.