Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

Layoffs. Reduced hours. These are some of the sacrifices a South Mississippi hospital is having to make to keep the doors open. Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.

Consumer Story: Joe Bynum Gets Covered

The New Health Care Law Is Working For Mississippi. Ask Joe Bynum! Joe got covered for $43 a month.

Mississippi Leaders Partner on Healthcare Enrollment Tour

Mayors and elected officials, representing cities and towns throughout Mississippi, will partner with Cover Mississippi to educate and enroll their constituents in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The “March to Healthcare Tour” is a collaboration between the Cover Mississippi coalition and state and local leaders. The goal of the tour is to provide direct assistance to thousands of Mississippians seeking affordable health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.

Blacks in South urged to enroll in health care plans

Betty Cooper and other volunteers in Monroe, La., are dropping off fliers at housing developments, sticking them in students’ backpacks and delivering them to area churches.

The fliers, featuring a smiling African-American family, invite people to Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church each Saturday this month to learn more about the Affordable Care Act — and hopefully to enroll in a health insurance plan.

It’s all part of a determined effort by community groups, churches and civil rights organizations — particularly in the South — to sign up more African Americans for health care under the federal law ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.

This month’s big deadline: What you need to know

Sick of hearing about the health care law?

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Plenty of people have tuned out after all the political jabber and website woes.

But now is the time to tune back in, before it’s too late.

The big deadline is coming March 31.

Democrats still pecking away on Medicaid expansion

Last week, almost quietly, the Mississippi House voted down a proposal to expand Medicaid to cover people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level as is allowed under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.