The Candidates and Mississippi Health Care
“We have to include the public in addressing these needs, they deal with this on a daily basis,” said Roy Mitchell, director, Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.Click here to view the story.
July 8, 2018, Daily Journal, Michaela Gibson Morris- Northeast Mississippi hospitals give away millions in charity care annually, but they carry significantly higher loads of bad debt than other hospitals around the country. At the regional and state level, Mississippi hospitals carry much higher loads of bad debt. Nationally, bad debt, the uncollected bills that are written off as losses, averages 10 percent compared to net patient revenues. In Mississippi, bad debt averaged 15 percent compared to net patient revenues, and 14 percent in Northeast Mississippi. “Mississippi has the highest amount of medical debt in the country according to the Urban Institute,” said Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. The damage to credit can hinder people from getting loans for cars, homes and education, which in turn impacts their ability to thrive economically. “The repercussions are significant,” for individuals, families and their communities, said Susan Sherry of Community Catalyst, a national advocacy organization.
July 8, 2018, Politico, Politico Staff- The Trump administration is freezing billions of dollars of payments to Obamacare health insurers, another blow to the fragile markets as health plans begin to set premiums and get ready for the next enrollment season. The so-called risk adjustment payments are supposed to protect insurers from big losses. The health plans pay into a pool - this doesn’t involve tax dollars - and funds are transferred to insurers that ended up with many high-cost patients. In 2017, $10.4 billion was involved. But insurers said even a temporary, uncertain pause is damaging, and political opponents of the Trump administration took to Twitter to say a decision is part of a pattern of Republican attempts to sabotage Obamacare, after failing to repeal it. The trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans said the “new market disruption” would create more uncertainty and drive up premiums for many health plans.