Health Care

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Medical Marijuana Gains Momentum in Mississippi, with Majority Support

Medical marijuana in Mississippi is on pace to make it onto the ballot in the state next year, said Jonathan Brown, who is leading the signature drive.

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A Bridge Too Far: ‘No’ to Medicaid Expansion

As the 2019 legislative session heats up, state legislators are again tussling over the Medicaid program and whether or not to accept federal funds that could expand coverage to as many as 300,000 Mississippians.

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Republican Candidates 'Looking at' Medicaid Expansion, Other States

At least two Republican candidates for statewide office in Mississippi are voicing support for Medicaid expansion—a policy state GOP leadership has long resisted.

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GOP Gov. Candidate Foster Pushes a Type of Medicaid Expansion

First-term state Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando says Tuesday he thinks working people added to Medicaid should be required to pay something for coverage. Mississippi would need federal permission for such a system.

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With Gov. Bryant’s Support, Judge Strikes Pre-Existing Condition Protections

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant backs a lawsuit that Republicans designed to kill the Affordable Care Act and its pre-existing conditions protections. A federal judge just ruled the law unconstitutional in the case.

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Mississippi Study Examines if Marijuana Can Cut Seizures

A study of whether ingredients extracted from marijuana can reduce seizures in children is moving ahead in Mississippi.

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Hyde-Smith, Wicker Voted to Expand Pre-existing Illness Discrimination

In a press huddle on Nov. 1, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she had not cast "a single vote" to allow health-insurance companies to sell plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, but the Republican incumbent cast a vote last month that did just that.

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Thompson Calls on Bryant to Drop Lawsuit to Gut Pre-existing Condition Coverage

Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson called on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to withdraw from a lawsuit that could overturn protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

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Mississippi to Instate Medicaid Work Requirements?

Mississippi leaders' refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act left about 300,000 Mississippians without access to health care and led to the closure of several rural hospitals deprived of funds—which has emerged as a 2018 issue in the midterm elections.

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Be Active & Help Beat Breast Cancer

You may already be aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but you might not know just how much people in the Jackson metro area show out to help put an end to the disease.

Protesting "Obamacare"

Anti-Obamacare Rally on Friday the 8th, 2012 at the Federal Courthouse Steps.