JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Mississippi Senator financially distressed hospital and other programs to help the state attract and retain nurses and doctors, Lieutenant Gov. Delbert Horsman said Wednesday.
State health officer Dr. Dan Edney told Congress in November that 54% of Mississippi’s rural hospitals were at risk of closing. Mississippi has a large number of uninsured residents, and medical facilities are facing increased costs during his COVID-19 pandemic.
“Important positive change is needed to provide citizens with the rural health (care) they need,” said Horseman.
The rural impoverished delta has seen its population decline over the past few years, and some hospitals in the area are curtailing services and reducing staff.
Hosemann announced four proposals at a press conference. Senate Bill 2372, create a hospital subsidy program. Hospitals receiving money must submit information about the number of patients and the types of medical services they provide. This data is data that the state can use to plan for the healthcare industry within the state.
Senate Bill 2373 Create a student loan forgiveness program of up to $18,000 for those who become nurses and work in Mississippi.
Senate Bill 2371 Generates approximately $20 million in grants to community colleges for nursing and related health programs. The bill also proposes $5 million to enable more hospitals to implement physician residency programs. The move encourages these doctors to stay in the areas where they were trained, Horseman said.
Senate Bill 2323 Remove bureaucratic barriers and enable hospitals to work together.
Hosemann said the Medicaid division is expected to seek federal permission to increase payments for some health services, but that request does not require action from Congress.
Horseman said Wednesday that he would not be forced to extend Medicaid coverage to people in low-paying jobs that do not offer private insurance. This position is in line with other Republican leaders, including Governor Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. .
The expansion of Medicaid is permitted under the healthcare reforms that former President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010, with the federal government paying most of the costs. Mississippi is one of 11 states. Does not allow extensions.
But the lieutenant governor reiterated one position that put him at odds with the speaker: Hosemann said he still wants Mississippi to extend Medicaid coverage from 60 days to a year after giving birth. rice field. Senators voted last year to extend postpartum compensation, but the proposal was defeated in the House. opposite of cancer.
“We won the pro-life lawsuit, but now you don’t want to take care of your mother? I don’t understand how you can have that argument,” Horseman said Wednesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court used the Mississippi case last summer to overthrow abortion rights nationwide By overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Gunn said earlier this year that he would support extending postpartum Medicaid coverage in Mississippi only if the state’s Medicaid department supported the extension.
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