Efforts to enroll uninsured Mississippians in the health insurance exchange are beginning to hit high gear in Mississippi. As MPB’s Jeffrey Hess reports the federal web site is still causing problems but some in the state are starting to see prices and options that are available to them.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says about 17 percent of Mississippi school districts are participating in farm to school activities.
Once the federal government’s health insurance marketplace Web portal – healthcare.gov – is actually working, 204,000 uninsured Mississippians will be eligible for tax credits that can be used to lower the price of premiums on the exchange, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says.
More than 40 percent of the U.S. public school districts that responded to a historic census said they were participating in a program that helps bring fresh, local produce to school cafeterias. The percentage of participating schools was even higher in Maryland, Virginia and the District, where the program has taken deep root.
When Dr Michael Minor first became pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi, in 1996, he discovered a population overcome by an epidemic of obesity.
“It was so bad, I was having a funeral every weekend,” he said.
Minor took dramatic action for a Southern preacher, banning fried chicken at church potlucks and setting up a walking track around the church perimeter.
He has had marked success. “You can see the difference. People are much better sized, way better. And once they get it off, they want to keep it off,” he said.
Now he is taking on the much bigger task of trying to get the state’s nearly 275,000 uninsured people to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Chris Stark is a fan of the Affordable Care Act. And though he was successful at purchasing an insurance policy through the healthcare.gov website, which enabled him and his wife Meredith to bring an end to three years of being uninsured, Chris says the couple is weighing the possibility of leaving Mississippi because of its inaction on Medicaid expansion.