In less than a month, uninsured Mississippians can begin signing up for federally subsidized private health insurance on the new health insurance exchange.
Tea Party activists in Mississippi are trying to make one final push to stop the health care reform law from taking full effect. Conservatives are turning up the heat on Mississippi Republicans to do more to stop the law.
United States senators are supposed to come home in August to impart wisdom about congressional accomplishments to make life better for their constituents and then seek information from the home folks about how federal programs already in place are helping.
Our Roger Wicker, in his obligatory interview on Mississippi Public Broadcasting last week, did neither. He of course couldn’t brag about Congress’ accomplishments because there weren’t any, unless gridlock counts as an accomplishment.
Advocates for Medicaid expansion sent out a barrage of statements expressing disappointment with the outcome. The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program called the decision shortsighted and political. “Given that 59 percent of Mississippians support Medicaid expansion it is unfortunate that many of our legislators ignored both the will of the people and the needs of those that put them in office,” the statement read.
Tens of thousands of uninsured residents in the poorest and most rural parts of Mississippi may be unable to get subsidies to buy health coverage when a new online marketplace opens this fall because private insurers are avoiding a wide swath of the state.
We are extremely disappointed that the Mississippi legislature refused health insurance coverage for 300,000 Mississippians.