Feds talk about effects of health care reform in Mississippi

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.

Farm to School Aims to Fight Childhood Obesity

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.

Partnership pushing healthy eating habits

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.

Health Help Mississippi improves options in Desoto County

With an initial campaign aimed at boosting health care options for young adults, the nonprofit Health Help Mississippi has opened a 22-county regional base on the Hernando square at 2560 U.S. 51 S.

Groups Watching As Mississippi Develops Insurance Exchange

Mississippi is on its way to developing one of the nation’s first health insurance exchange programs. MPB’s Daniel Cherry reports how many groups are watching closely as the state builds the insurance marketplace.

State’s health care exchange idea predates federal act

Mississippi’s Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, elected in 2007 after 15 years in the Legislature, has broken ranks with other Red State officials in the South who blanketly oppose ACA. Chaney, long a believer in high-risk insurance pools, got out front on the health insurance exchange idea in 2009 (before passage of ACA) by shepherding into state law discretionary power for him to create one. (Barbour supported the idea back then.)