For a few thousand Mississippians the New Year means the first time they will be able to access new health insurance purchased through the exchange. Many of the formerly uninsured residents will be gaining insurance for the first time in years. Jason Dees is CEO of Magnolia Health - one of two companies on Mississippi's exchange. He says Mississippians who are new to insurance should carefully study what the policy covers. Dees spoke with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
In other news:
The 113th US Congress reconvenes next week. MPB’s Evelina Burnett spoke to Mississippi's Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo recently to see what he’s looking toward in 2014.
Earlier this week we learned that some 60% of New Year's resolutions end in failure. Dr. Gailen Marshall - an Integrative Medicine specialist with the University of Mississippi Medical Center - says a more Holistic approach could help improve the success rate. Dr. Marshall spoke with our Ezra Wall.
The Jackson Heart Study - based here in Mississippi - is the first study of its kind to look at long-term aspects of heart health among the African-American community. Late last year, the Heart Study announced the departure of its longtime director, Dr. Herman Taylor. Dr. Taylor joins us now to talk about the reason and method behind the Jackson Heart Study.