Jones: Health Care Should Be Priority

Some Mississippi lawmakers say funding health care programs in the state could be more difficult, due to a tough economy.

State Rep. Wilbert Jones of Meridian discussed that issue during Monday's meeting of the Council of Governments.

State officials say they're looking for ways to fund Mississippi's portion of federal matching programs.

Jones said it won't be easy in the current climate, but he believes it is necessary.

"We are pretty much the last in every category," said Jones. "Infant mortality rate is high; low birth weight is high. We just simply need to make sure that we begin to focus on and resolve some of the problems and issues we have in the state of Mississippi. "

Jones says a serious look will be taken at every program in the state, to try to find places to save money.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    the waste isnt the amount of people on it it is the way it is ran .. and the lack of services that it provides. you figure the cost 95% of every dollar goes to management of medicaid and medicare... that is where HMO's have been more effective the states that has used them have saved 45% on the bills..
  • by Shelly Location: Meridian on Oct 12, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    The gov't cannot pay for everything!!!! Revamp qualifications for Medicaid and Disability eligibility. There are way too many people on these programs that don't need it, everyone knows this but fails to act. Cut out this waste and you can provide care needed for those who actually deserve it!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    How about money for mental health services? Has anyone read the articles from the Clarion Ledger about shortages? What are family members who need help to care for the disabled supposed to do?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 at 07:38 PM
    best way is HMO's many other sates have done it and has saved a great deal.. only reasons some states dropped it as one said why do those low lives need need teeth cleaned, filled, get glasses every year and get hearing aids... let them be toothless blind and deaf....
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