Mississippi Surprises with Medicaid Expansion Milestone after Years of Resistance

Jackson, Mississippi – After years of being one of the holdout states on Medicaid expansion, Mississippi lawmakers recently made a groundbreaking decision. The state, known for its conservative leanings, reached an agreement to extend Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, providing health coverage to an additional 200,000 low-income residents. This move comes as a significant shift in Mississippi’s healthcare landscape, where dire health outcomes and struggling rural hospitals have been a pressing issue. The agreement …

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Medicaid Expansion Compromise Voted Down by House Democrats in Mississippi Capital

Jackson, Mississippi – House Democrats in Mississippi have long advocated for the expansion of Medicaid to provide health care to the state’s working poor. However, a recent agreement between House and Senate Republicans regarding Medicaid expansion has divided Democrats within the House. While House Democrats have historically supported Medicaid expansion, many are now opposing the current bill proposed by Republicans. The disagreement stems from a work requirement that Senate Republicans insisted be included in the …

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Tax Hikes Loom for Mississippi Municipalities as Retirement System Funding Bill Fizzles

JACKSON, Miss. – City and county governments in Mississippi are facing a tough decision after a bill that would have decreased the employer contribution to the state retirement system for government workers failed to pass. Supporters of the proposal warn that without this change, local governments may have to resort to raising taxes or cutting employees to make up for the increased costs. House bill 1590, which did not move forward in the Senate committee …

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Helicopter Crash Claims Lives of Two Mississippi National Guardsmen in Routine Training Flight

Jackson, Mississippi – Two Mississippi National Guardsmen tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash on Friday afternoon. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bryan Andrew Zemek, 36, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Derek Joshua Abbott, 42, were identified by Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves in a social media statement. Zemek was a standardization instructor pilot in the Alpha Company 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, flying the AH-64 Delta Apache, while Abbott served as a maintenance test pilot …

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