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Four Key Things You Should Know About Health Care

September 12, 2019, The New York Times, Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Victor R. Fuchs - Health care, so far perhaps the biggest issue in the Democratic primary, is also the most complicated issue facing government and the public. Unfortunately the debate is filled with persistent misconceptions, from the role insurance company profits play in health care costs to who is actually paying for workers’ health coverage.


Mississippi Division of Medicaid decides not to submit controversial Private Duty Nursing proposal

September 11, 2019, WLBT, Courtney Ann Jackson -  Mississippi’s Division of Medicaid has pulled back on a controversial proposal . A proposed amendment to the Medcaid State Plan was filed on September 5. That would have included a reduction in the amount of payments it makes for services for families of special needs children.  The proposal was just filed last week but it garnered 20 pages worth of public comment within a few days. And those came from both providers and families who rely on something called private duty nursing.


September 10, 2019, The Washington Post, Amy Goldstein and Heather Long -  The proportion of America

September 11, 2019, The Daily Leader, Donna Campbell - One of the state’s U.S. senators is urging Mississippians to participate in a nationwide U.S. Health and Human Services initiative to find ways to improve health care in rural America.U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican elected official from Brookhaven, said the federal Rural Health Task Force, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, has issued a request for information from the public on how to make rural health care more accessible, affordable and sustainable. The deadline to receive the information is Oct. 9 at noon. “Health care in Mississippi has its challenges, including rural hospital closures,” Hyde-Smith said. “I believe Mississippians can provide many good ideas and information on what is and what isn’t working in rural areas. This material can help the Department of Health and Human Services begin to improve how its rules and regulations can support rural health care.”


More Americans go without health coverage despite strong economy, Census Bureau finds

September 10, 2019, The Washington Post, Amy Goldstein and Heather Long -  The proportion of Americans without health insurance grew significantly last year for the first time this decade, even as the economy’s strength pushed down the poverty level to its lowest point since 2001, according to federal data released Tuesday. The finding that 27.5 million U.S. residents lacked coverage in 2018, based on a large U.S. Census Bureau survey, reverses the trend that began when the Affordable Care Act expanded opportunities for poor and some middle-income people to get insurance. Taken together, the census numbers paint a portrait of an economy pulled in different directions, with the falling poverty rate coinciding with high inequality and the growing cadre of people at financial risk because they do not have health coverage


Coast restaurant and casino operators share health scares

September 9, 2019, SunHerald, Mary Perez - Just three weeks after open-heart surgery, Ron Savell stood before a room full of people, his arms protectively crossed in front of him, and shared his story.  Savell, 43, is trim and fit. Although there certainly is stress running the 19 restaurants he owns under the Patio 44 and Mugshots brands in South Mississippi and elsewhere, he isn’t an obvious candidate for heart disease. There was none of the pain in his chest or arm or shortness of breath that are typical symptoms of heart disease.  He told a gathering of employees at Mississippi Power’s headquarters in Gulfport on Thursday that he’s not a public speaker and usually doesn’t talk about himself. It was the first time he spoke about his health issues since his Aug. 16 quadruple bypass surgery, except on social media.


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September 9, 2019, Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz -  Louis Rocco has lived with diabetes for decades but, until he met with a registered dietitian in August, he didn’t know eating too much bread was dangerous for him.  “I’m Italian, and I always eat a lot of bread,” he said. After two hour-long visits with a dietitian - including a session at his local grocery store in Philadelphia - Rocco, 90, has noticed a difference in his health. “It’s helped bring down my sugar readings,” he said of changes in his diet including eating less bread. “I wish I knew I could have had this help years ago.“After getting a referral this summer from his doctor, Rocco learned that Medicare covers personal nutritional counseling for people with diabetes or kidney disease.