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Mississippi Builds Insurance Exchange, Even As It Fights Health Law

Mississippi, a deeply red Southern state that is part of the Supreme Court case against the health law, is moving full speed ahead with one of the key provisions of that law: an online health insurance exchange.


Rules For New Insurance Marketplaces Give Insurers Clout

Insurers and other industry representatives will get to fill as many as half the seats on the governing boards for state health insurance exchanges, under final rules for the marketplaces issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services.  At least one seat must be reserved for a consumer representative.


Half of All Mississippi Kids Could Soon Be On Medicaid or CHIP

New research shows that the recent health care overhaul could mean a growing number of Mississippi kids will get their health insurance through the government. MPB’s Jeffrey Hess reports child welfare advocates see the expansion as good news for the health of Mississippi’s youngest residents.


Farm-to-school Plan Takes Root

Determined to ensure their children aren’t deprived of fresh fruit and greens outside the home, parents at a Starkville preschool have boosted a farm-to-school initiative that aims to transplant healthy, locally grown produce in school cafeterias.


Bill aimed at trimming state’s high obesity rate

Mississippi schools would be able to share their running tracks and gyms with the public under a new bill aimed at reducing obesity.


Thousands in state benefitting from Affordable Care Act

When Mary Devine got the doctor’s bill for her annual checkup last year, she couldn’t believe how much she didn’t have to pay. What’s going on is the Affordable Care Act - dubbed “Obamacare” by some - intended to provide health insurance to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans, with many provisions in place and more on the way.