The health insurance industry, often at or near the bottom of a consumer’s customer service experience when compared to other industries, is paying more attention and spending more money on improving how health plans interface with patients on the other end of the telephone, a web site or, lately, though an app.
Healthy food, we’ve often heard, is pricey food. Fruits and vegetables—they’re expensive! We can’t afford to eat that way! That’s why we don’t do it!
A new Mississippi law this year allows cities and counties to now donate money to local farmers markets.Gov. Phil Bryant signed HB 535 into law late last month, giving county and city authorities the go-ahead to donate funds to their local farmers markets. The law applies to farmers markets within the city or county that are certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
Because of healthcare reform, the Department of Health and Human Services said last year 33,510 Mississippi senior citizens saved an average of $600 on prescriptions. Officials said 357,504 Mississippians saw their private insurance coverage expand to include free preventative services like mammograms and blood pressure screenings.
Mississippi farmers could be the key to fighting childhood obesity in the state. MPB’s Daniel Cherry reports how a new program aims to put fresh, locally grown produce on the plates of Mississippi schoolchildren.
UnitedHealthcare teams up with the Alcorn State University Extension Program Demonstration Farm to get fresh produce to the community, promoting healthful eating and preventative healthcare.