The rate of Mississippians without health insurance continues to be among the highest in the nation. That's according to a new survey by Gallup, which found more than 1 in 5 Mississippians remains uninsured. While the state's rate is declining, it is not decreasing as fast as states that have fully embraced the health care reform law. Dan Witters with Gallup says states that run their own insurance exchanges and expanded Medicaid saw much more dramatic declines in the rate of people without insurance. Witters talks with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
Representative Sam Mims is the Republican at the head of the House Public Health Committee. He tells our Jeffrey Hess the Mississippi legislature will never expand Medicaid.
More than 14-hundred Mississippians are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Nationally, one person is added to the transplant waiting list every few seconds, as Chuck Stinson with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency says.
Catherine Ligher of Jackson decided to donate the organs of her son, Jamison White, after he was killed in a car accident in December of last year. At a gathering yesterday, Lighter met for the first time several of the recipients of her son's organs. She tells MPB's Ezra Wall donating Jamison's organs was not an easy decision.
Ronald McKinley suffered from congestive heart failure. He received Jamison White's heart in December. McKinley tells our Ezra Wall why he feels more people should consider organ donation.