About 137,000 Mississippians have individual health insurance plans, which is 5.5% of all residents. That's according to new analysis from the pro-health care reform group Families USA. These plans are at the center of a controversy as many were set to be canceled because they do not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. Ron Pollack with Families USA says many of these people will be eligible for new plans that are subsidized by the federal government on the health insurance exchange .
Matthew Ingram is one Mississippian who did get a cancellation letter from his insurance company. He has since been able to extend his policy by one year. But initially, he was told his monthly premium would have to increase over 300 percent. Ingram works as an independent contractor. He procures mineral rights for an oil and gas company. He spoke with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
Tuition is going up again at five of Mississippi's public universities. At a College Board meeting yesterday, board members gave approval to raise tuition as much as 5 percent per year between now and 2016. Carolyn Meyers is the President of Jackson State University. She says the increase in tuition is needed to give students a quality education.
Mark Keenum is the President of Mississippi State University. He tells MPB's Paul Boger it's important for schools to be able to recruit quality teachers.
Michael Hogan is Student Body President at Mississippi State. As he tells our Paul Boger, students were initially upset at the suggestion of higher tuition. But cooler heads will prevail.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to finalize a new regulation that will increase speeds for processing lines in poultry plants. During a telephone press conference yesterday experts on food safety and workers' rights discussed why they feel the USDA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration should slow down meat processing line speeds. William Lucy, President Emeritus of the coalition of black trade unions spoke on behalf of Mississippi poultry workers.
50 years ago today President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Recently at the University of Mississippi's Overby Center, a panel of journalists discussed President Kennedy's lasting legacy. One of the panelists was longtime journalist Charles Overby, for whom the center is named. He spoke with our Sandra Knispel.