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Author: Erica Hensley

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In-Depth

Disrupted Care: Mississippi Legislature Kills Postpartum Medicaid Extension, Affecting 25,000 Mothers Yearly

The nearly 25,000 Mississippians who use Medicaid health insurance to cover pregnancy will continue to lose their health benefits just 60 days after birth, after a proposed extension fell casualty to a long session of gamesmanship over control of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. Dr. Charlene Collier, OB-GYN and director of the Mississippi Maternal Mortality Committee, says the 60-day Medicaid cutoff is illogical at best, and deadly at worst. 

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In-Depth

Mississippians Break Previous ACA Enrollment Record Almost a Year into COVID-19

More Mississippians signed up for health insurance through the federal insurance exchange in 2020 than any year prior. This year’s enrollment grew 12% over the 98,892 who signed up for 2020 health insurance—and nearly doubled sign-ups from the exchange’s early days’ enrollment in 2013. Mississippi had the fourth-largest enrollment increases over last year, with about 400 more enrollees per 100,000 residents. 

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