Health insurance rates for one of the two companies on Mississippi's insurance exchange will drop by 25-percent for the next open enrollment period. That's according to Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney who says the company, Magnolia Health Plans, overestimated rates. Chaney says the second company, Humana, will see a slight increase in rates but that the two companies will now have similarly priced plans. Commissioner Chaney stopped to talk to our Jeffrey Hess at the Neshoba County Fair.
More information on insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange can be found at Healthcare.gov.
Mississippi’s Congressional delegation is supporting a $16-billion reform bill for the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate is expected to take up the measure today, after it overwhelmingly passed the House yesterday. The compromise bill has funding for more hiring and facilities, and it will pay for private care for veterans who live far from a VA facility or who have to wait more than a month for treatment. Though the bill includes $5-billion in offsets from spending cuts, it's estimated to add $10-billion to the deficit over the next decade. Senator Roger Wicker talks with our Evelina Burnett.
Congressman Gregg Harper voted for the bill yesterday. He tells Evelina Burnett a compromise is necessary to fix a "broken" system.
Most low-income Mississippians only have access to a lawyer if they are accused of a crime. But what if they have a housing dispute, or are wrongly fired, or the State is trying to take away their children? Surely there's some resource for them to turn to. Today's guest says there is not, in most cases. Jess Dickinson is a Presiding Justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court. He talks to us about the important issue of legal access for low-income Mississippians.
In addition to his duties on the Supreme Court, Justice Dickinson is also a founding member of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission.