Payment Dispute Keeps Vet From Using Prosthetic Legs

January 10, 2020, The New York Times, The Associated Press - An Army veteran in Mississippi who served in Vietnam and Iraq says a dispute over payments has left him unable to use a pair of expensive prosthetic legs. Jerry Holliman, 69, told the Clarion Ledger the Veterans Affairs department wouldn’t pay for the legs. And he says he doesn’t think he should have to make a Medicare co-payment. “Medicare did not send me to Vietnam,” Holliman said. “I was sent there by my country ... with the understanding that if something bad happened to me, that it would be covered by the VA.“

Ep. 88: Delbert Hosemann casts party aside, says he’ll serve underrepresented Mississippians

January 13, 2020, Mississippi Today, Adam Ganucheau - Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann joins Mississippi Today political reporters Adam Ganucheau and Bobby Harrison to discuss some of the biggest issues facing the Legislature in 2020 and how he feels “a heavy weight” to represent Mississippians who have little trust in state government.

Medicaid expansion may have saved thousands from drug overdose deaths

January 10, 2020, The Washington Post, Leni Berstein - Expanding Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act may have saved as many as 8,132 people from fatal opioid overdoses, virtually all involving heroin and fentanyl, a study released Friday suggests. The research is the latest evidence that allowing more people to enroll in Medicaid has saved lives and improved health. The researchers concluded that additional access to drug-abuse treatment was linked to a six percent lower overdose rate for states that allowed more people to enroll in Medicaid than in states that did not. That translated into 1,678 to 8,132 fewer deaths in those states from 2015 to 2017, they wrote in an examination of data from 49 states and the District of Columbia.

High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health Of Patients And Rural Hospitals

January 10, 2020, Kaiser Health News, Markian Hawryluk - Kristie Flowers had been sick with the flu for four or five days in July before the 52-year-old registered nurse from Genoa, Colo., acknowledged she needed to go to the ER.At Lincoln Community Hospital, about 10 miles from her home on the Eastern Plains of Colorado, doctors quickly diagnosed her with pneumonia and sepsis. Her right lung had completely filled with fluid, and Flowers needed much more intensive care than the 15-bed hospital could provide.

A company repossessed and returned a vet’s prosthetic legs. He still can’t use them

January 9, 2020, Mississippi Clarion Ledger, Giacomo Bologna -  A man walked into a nursing home for military veterans two days before Christmas, picked up Jerry Holliman’s legs and left. Holliman, 69, had hopes of moving back to his home in Hattiesburg and returning to an independent lifestyle with his new prosthetic legs.Then they were repossessed. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wouldn’t pay for his prosthetic legs, Holliman said, and Medicare wanted him on the hook for co-pays. As Holliman tried to navigate what felt like a maze of paperwork, it felt like his country was forgetting him.

Lack of insurance linked to racial disparities in breast cancer treatment

January 9, 2020, Modern Healthcare, Steven Ross Johnson - Lacking health insurance coverage may be a leading driver for racial disparities in breast cancer detection and mortality rates, according to a new study. The study, published Thursday in JAMA Oncology, marks one of the first examinations of how insurance has contributed to later diagnosis of breast cancer among women in ethnic minorities and resulted in poorer disease outcomes. Nearly half of the minority women diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer were uninsured or on Medicaid, according to the results.