The legislature has the opportunity to provide health insurance to 300,000 working Mississippians at minimal cost to the state. House and Senate Democrats recently offered a plan that would allow those working folks to purchase private, individual insurance policies paid for by federal funds.
Under our plan, if the federal government reneges on its promise to pay, the insurance policies would terminate, and the state would not be on the hook for future payments.
According to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, our plan would mean billions of new federal dollars coming into the state over the next 10 years and the creation of some 9,000 new private sector jobs. In addition, the plan would result in a healthier, more productive work force.
The future of Mississippi's health care economy is at stake. Currently our hospitals are scheduled to lose millions of dollars of federal funds over the next several years. The only way to prevent drastic cuts to hospital services and losses of health care jobs is to increase the number of Mississippians who have health insurance. That's what our plan does.
So far, the governor and other Republican leaders have said no to our plan. They are apparently willing to let working folks remain uninsured, even at the cost of losing hospitals.
Democrats believe that is bad for Mississippi and will continue to fight for a health insurance plan that benefits the working folks of our state.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:05:03 GMT
The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia.More >>
The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia. During Friday's hearing, prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence found on Janaya's body has come back from the crime lab with a positive match for Garcia's DNA.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:25 GMT
Officials continue to search for the man who beat and robbed a woman during a home invasion in Yazoo City on Monday night. According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front doorMore >>
According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front door for a person she thought needed help.
Friday, August 29 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:15:59 GMT
A power outage has shut down a portion of downtown Jackson. Entergy Mississippi says that crews are on site working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Entergy's website shows that overMore >>
Entergy's website showed that over 400 people were without power in the downtown area on Friday.
Friday, August 29 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:48:04 GMT
The Canton Public School District says that it is working diligently to contain the spread of scabies at several of its schools. The school district says they have informed parents that their childrenMore >>
The school district says they have informed parents that their children may have recently been exposed.