Mississippi workers are hit hardest by rising health insurance costs, study finds

December 4, 2019, The Clarion Ledger, Luke Ramseth - The new report is a reminder that the Magnolia State has done little to help low-income workers with their health care costs, said Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. Mississippi is one of 14 states that have refused billions in federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage to these workers. Meanwhile, Mitchell said other states without expansion - such as Oklahoma - have used alternative approaches to help workers by splitting premium costs between the state, employers and employees. “To date, our Mississippi elected officials have been willing to trade politically on our checking accounts and the health of our families to advance a political ideology that eschews health coverage for working families in Mississippi,” Mitchell said in a statement. “The result is that 37.4 percent of adults in Mississippi reported past due medical debt, with one in five Mississippi adults having medical debt in collections.”

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