Some states seeking flexibility to push health-care overhaul further

A handful of states are pursuing health measures that go far beyond the Obama administration’s signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act.

Tenn. program for healthy foods sees mixed results

The kids who visit Givens Community Market sometimes grab peaches instead of potato chips, grapes instead of grape soda. The cramped convenience store is being hailed as a health savior to many in its North Nashville, Tenn., neighborhood, considered a food desert because it lacks a full-sized supermarket and so many residents don’t have their own transportation.

Governor debates remain friendly

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant paid homage to each other Friday night as they engaged in their first and only scheduled debate before the Nov. 8 general election. The event was sponsored by AARP of Mississippi and many of the questions concerned health care.


Grant encourages healthy habits

Madison Station received a $3,000 grant to encourage students to eat healthy and play actively for 60 minutes a day so they can grow up to a healthy weight.

Insurer creates red-state strategy

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is teaching its member plans how to overcome conservative opposition to the Democrats’ health care law.At a closed-door meeting Wednesday at D.C.’s Grand Hyatt with member plans from across the country, association officials covered topics like “Moving exchanges forward,” “What motivates conservatives to oppose creating exchanges? Myths vs. facts,” and “Tactics and strategies,” according to a meeting agenda. The group heard from Mississippi Department of Insurance Senior Attorney Aaron Sisk during lunch.


Million young adults get health coverage under law

At least one part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has proven popular. With the economy sputtering, the number of young adults covered by health insurance grew by about a million as families flocked to take advantage of a new benefit in the law.