State of Mississippi Archives: on Health Care


Phil Bryant: The feds won't pay for their share of Medicaid expansion

[Democratic opponent Robert] Gray has slammed Bryant's policies, including the governor's resistance to Medicaid expansion, which the Affordable Care Act permits states to do, with the federal government paying for the bulk of it.

Bryant has said that he does not believe the Obama administration will pay for the feds' end of Medicaid expansion and, thus, in his logic, leaving Mississippi taxpayers on the hook for the cost of providing health insurance for 300,000 people.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2015 Mississippi gubernatorial race Oct 28, 2015

Robert Gray: Medicaid expansion & health-care exchanges would create jobs

Gray has slammed Bryant's policies, including the governor's resistance to Medicaid expansion. `Basically, he's choking the life out of the state of Mississippi by not taking (up) these issues,` Gray said about Bryant's refusal to support expansion of Medicaid, which the Affordable Care Act permits states to do, with the federal government paying for the bulk of it.

Bryant has said that he does not believe the Obama administration will pay for the feds' end of Medicaid expansion and, thus, in his logic, leaving Mississippi taxpayers on the hook for the cost of providing health insurance for 300,000 people.

`By expanding Medicaid and starting the health-care exchanges in Mississippi, (it) would create jobs. It would take people off the need for government subsidies. We're losing money and making things worse by not doing anything,` Gray said.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2015 Mississippi gubernatorial race Oct 28, 2015

Vicki Slater: Expand Medicaid, and push Legislature to accept it

Q: Do you support Medicaid expansion?

A: Yes, I'm in favor of that.

Q: If the Legislature doesn't expand Medicaid, would you use your power as governor to expand the program?

A: As governor, I would do everything that I could as executive officer to effect Medicaid expansion. I believe some actions would be necessary by the Legislature. I'm not convinced that the Legislature would reject it; I think it could be worked out. If we had accepted the Medicaid expansion money, that would have created 139,000 jobs. Rural hospitals are economic drivers in their communities. It's really hurt Mississippi jobs and economy to reject that money. That should be first priority. Other states that have Republican governors have accepted those monies. The governor remains steadfast in his refusal.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2015 Mississippi Gubernatorial race Jul 22, 2015

Vicki Slater: Celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling in support of ObamaCare

Vicki Slater weighed in on Gov. Phil Bryant's response to the U.S. Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling. She said in a press release:

"We should be celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, but Phil Bryant has resorted to calling names and attacking the President, the Supreme Court & Congress instead of being a leader for Mississippians. Phil Bryant's refusal to accept Medicaid dollars is an injustice for people in our state.

"It is wrong to deny working Mississippians access to health care, which would keep Mississippi families healthier and more financially secure. It would also grow our economy, creating thousands of new jobs and keeping hospitals across the state from closing. But Governor Bryant is letting our money go to other states.

"There are Mississippians dying because they do not have access to health care, and all Phil Bryant is doing is calling names. This is yet another example of Phil Bryant's failed leadership."

Source: Sun-Herald coverage of 2015 Mississippi gubernatorial race Jun 25, 2015

Chris McDaniel: Repeal ObamaCare to let our economy flourish

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

McDaniel: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

McDaniel: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

McDaniel: Repealing ObamaCare. We must repeal it to allow our economy to flourish.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Mississippi Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Phil Bryant: ObamaCare adds 300,000 entitlements; get people off Medicaid

The Affordable Care Act [has a large] potential impact on Mississippi. Any law that will add 300,000 Mississippians to a federal entitlement program partially funded by the state will either result in a huge tax increase or drastic cuts to education, public safety, job creation and other budgets. It will leave our children and grandchildren with ballooning federal debt.

Instead of assuming enormous costs that we cannot afford, I would suggest that we spend our time and efforts in finding good jobs for all Mississippians. We should be compassionate by lowering our Medicaid population through economic growth, personal responsibility, and providing more access to private sector health care.

To help us further develop our medical industry and identify ways to improve our personal health, I am pleased to announce the formation of the Mississippi Health Care Solutions Institute.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Mississippi Legislature Jan 22, 2013

Phil Bryant: Expand MS School of Medicine; 1,000 new doctors by 2025

One essential health care step we must take is increasing the number of doctors in Mississippi. We know that physicians create about $2 million in economic impact in their communities, including the people they hire and the equipment and supplies they buy to run their offices. Having more providers will create better health care access for Mississippians, thereby lowering the cost of health care.

Just this month, I joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center to break ground on a new expansion of the School of Medicine. With the addition of new classrooms and laboratories, each incoming class of medical students will increase to more than 160. This means Mississippi will graduate more doctors.

The university estimates that by 2025, an expanded medical school would produce 1,000 new physicians and support more than 19,000 new jobs. I ask the Legislature to consider the impact of this medical school on our state and support its growth.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Mississippi Legislature Jan 22, 2013

Erik Fleming: Supports tax-free medical savings accounts

Source: Mississippi Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 30, 2008

Ronnie Musgrove: Protect Mississippi’s Health Care Trust Fund

We’re attacking the problems faced by rural citizens in keeping access to health care open & available. We must ensure our dedicated state employees have the quality health insurance they deserve. And, we must protect one of Mississippi’s best investment - the Health Care Trust Fund. Mississippi is one of only five states to remain committed to using the tobacco settlement for the Health Care needs of our people. Many states have used their tobacco settlement to fund deficits in their general budget.
Source: Mississippi State of the State Address, 2002 Jan 16, 2002

Ronnie Musgrove: Enrolled 50,000 in the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Medicaid is so much more than another government agency. It means health insurance for our children, elderly and disabled. The success of Medicaid is evidenced by the enrollment of 87,000 new recipients in the past year. In January of 2000, less than 600 children were enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Today, that number is nearly 50,000.
Source: Mississippi State of the State Address, 2002 Jan 16, 2002

Ronnie Musgrove: Medical Education Scholarships for rural doctors

The creation last year of Medical Education Scholarship Programs provides full scholarships for up to twenty new recipients each year provided they agree to serve ten years in family medicine in a critical needs area of our state. In tandem with licensing physicians’ assistants we will begin to see the expansion of access to health care particularly in rural areas. Continuing the effort to recruit doctors and other health care providers to rural Mississippi remains a top priority.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 4, 2001

Ronnie Musgrove: Invest in state employees’ health plan, despite budget

Mississippi’s package of health benefits for state employees may be better than some states across our nation, but it’s not good enough. As with private plans, deductibles continue to increase while coverage seems to shrink every year. We must not use the budget as an excuse to avoid tackling the difficult issues in health care. We may not solve all the problems with health insurance costs quickly, but we can begin with a sound investment in the health insurance we offer our state employees.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 4, 2001

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