Annual ‘Kids Count’ ranks Miss. last in 7 of 10 areas.

The annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, released Tuesday, uses information from 2007 and 2008. The report says Mississippi ranked worst nationally in 7 of 10 categories.
It says the state had the highest percentage of low-birthweight babies; the highest rates of infant mortality, child deaths and births to teenagers; the highest percentage of children in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment; the highest percentage of children in poverty; and the highest percentage of children in single-parent families.

The Mississippi Delta’s healthcare blues

“It’s a pretty hand-to-mouth existence,” said Brooks, 71, a physician with a wry sensibility and a profane streak. Brooks earned a medical degree at age 44 before coming to the Mississippi Delta to open the Tutwiler Clinic with the blessing of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

She sees the nation’s new healthcare law as a potentially happy turn in a long, hard journey. The measure provides hundreds of billions of dollars to help states expand medical insurance for the poor and pay doctors like Brooks, nearly half of whose patients have no coverage.

A Summary of the Health Reform Law

Families USA has developed a summary of the new Health Reform Law with implementation timelines.

Lawsuits called a ‘pathetic’ political ploy

The legal claims currently being propagated have no basis in law and only serve to advance political careers while perpetrating fear in the general public. The Supreme Court has long held that the commerce clause allows the federal government to regulate activities that relate to interstate commerce including the sale and purchase of health insurance.

Suit filed on Medicaid cuts: Nursing homes want reserve funds used

The Mississippi Health Care Association, the Independent Nursing Home Association and dozens of nursing homes from across the state filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to stop the Mississippi Division of Medicaid from making a planned $14 million cut in payments to providers.

Get help navigating CHIP and Medicaid

In February, the organization set up the Health Help for Kids program to assist parents or guardians who want to enroll kids for the first time, reenroll kids or simply get help with any part of the process, said Jarvis Dortch of MHAP.