Mississippi News Center

New Protections and Rights for Families

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide security to Mississippi families. While the law may expand coverage to 500,000 Mississippians,  it will also provide new rights to families and individuals who are currently insured.

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Closing the Medicare Drug Coverage Gap

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a law that will be implemented over time.  However, there are many components that have been implemented and we currently benefit from today.  One of the components already in place includes discounted prescription drugs filled in the Medicare Part D coverage gap (donut hole).  Under ACA, pharmaceutical manufactures provide a 50% discount on brand-names prescriptions.  On average, Medicare beneficiaries saved $545.

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States already taking radically different approaches to health care ruling

Roy Mitchell of the Mississippi Health Advocacy program thinks politicians are cherry picking the highest possible cost estimates to oppose the expansion. "State lawmakers and policy makers should be looking at the impact and the benefits," he says. "The increased state cost that Mississippi will have to pay to expand Medicaid will be largely, if not completely, offset by the state and local revenue generated by the new federal funding and its related spin-offs by the reductions in uncompensated care costs."

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Affordable Care Act Ruling a Victory for Mississippi Families

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State insurance commissioner backs health exchange

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney sees one particular component of the Affordable Care Act - the health insurance exchange, an online insurance marketplace on comparable rates and provisions - as a crucial tool to broaden health care of Mississippians.

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