As states lag in implementing health-care law, bigger federal role looks likely

Across the country, states are lagging in preparations to erect the health insurance market­places at the heart of the 2010 health-care overhaul, bogged down by a combination of partisan hostility and practical hurdles.

Kaiser poll: Uninsured don’t understand ACA

About half of the uninsured Americans who stand to benefit the most from the health care reform law aren’t aware of how the legislation is designed to help them buy insurance, according to a new poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Mental health proposal divisive

Experts are split over whether Mississippians with serious mental illness will be better served or “devastated” by new proposals targeting community mental health centers.

Launch near for health care exchange

A one-stop shop for health insurance customers in Mississippi could be up and running early next year, as other states refuse to carry out programs tied to the federal health care overhaul.

Federal grants awarded for health insurance exchanges

The Obama administration has awarded more than $185 million in grants to 13 states and the District of Columbia to help establish new state-based health insurance marketplaces where consumers can shop for insurance starting in 2014, a key benefit of the new healthcare law.

Churches pair faith with fat-fighting to curb obesity

Pastor Michael Minor stirred a bit of controversy at his northwest Mississippi church when he banned fried chicken from the fellowship hall. But convinced that faith communities need to step up their efforts against obesity, Minor is now urging fellow African-American congregations nationwide to make the health of their members a priority.