Uninsured carry a heavy burden

“Private coverage is just eroding under the current system,” said Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. The real costs start adding up with chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. “They need preventive treatment, but both of those things can be used as pre-existing conditions that can be denied coverage,” Mitchell said.

Send Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker a Christmas Greeting of Health Reform

The U.S. Senate is expected to hold a historic vote to pass Health Care Reform on Christmas Eve. In advance of the Vote, You can wish Sens. Cochran and Wicker a Merry Christmas and tell them that reform will expand access to health care for thousands of uninsured Mississippians and afford security to those currently with insurance. Call Cochran and Wicker at 1-800-828-0498

Rally aims to build support for health bill

After the meeting, Ashley Scales, 19, of Madison said she had been “against health care reform after watching reports on TV.
“Now, I’m for it,” said Scales, a biology major at Millsaps College in Jackson. “I realize you can’t just think of yourself.”
Parker said his health reform group has about 40 members, whose goal is to give a voice to others like them.

Mental health leader lobbies for facilities

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Executive Director Ed LeGrand told The DAILY LEADER editorial board Tuesday he and other state officials have discussed another tobacco tax increase and the creation of a statewide lottery to bring in new money for Medicaid, education or other fund-thirsty agencies.

Senate Health Reforms That Would Go Into Effect Immediately

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes health insurance market reforms that will bring immediate benefits to millions of Americans, including those who currently have coverage. The following benefits will be available in the first year after enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Summary of the Senate Health Reform Bill

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and will create the transformation within the health care system necessary to contain costs.