Report Finds Proposal To Shift Medicaid Funding To Block Grants Will Hit Mississippi Hard

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 19th, 2017 at 8:06 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Federal Government, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Obamacare, Spending, US Congress

Even though Mississippi didn’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the state is in line to be among the hardest hit by proposed federal funding changes.

TUCKER: This Is Why Government Shouldn’t Be Involved in Health Care

By Jeffrey Tucker | May 7th, 2017 at 3:28 pm

BY: Jeffrey Tucker / FEE - Director of Content

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute and policy adviser of the Heartland Institute.

Filed Under: Contributor, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Mississippi PEP, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Spending, US Congress

Any good, service, or industry that is removed from market control and put into the hands of government thereby becomes subjected to the grueling and ghastly machinations of the political process in all its subterfuge, duplicity, and vast waste.

Even if you don’t like every result of market control, it’s hard to imagine that anyone can defend what necessarily replaces it once you surrender any market to control by government.

GIBERT: Lawmakers Can Defund Planned Parenthood By Trading Conservative Talk For Conservative Action

By Gerard Gibert | May 3rd, 2017 at 9:32 pm

BY: Gerard Gibert / CEO - Venture Technologies

Gerard Gibert is founder and CEO of Ridgeland-based Venture Technologies, a multi-state IT solutions and managed services provider since 1985 with 300 employees in 13 states. Gerard is a frequent business commentator in both academic and media circles on the impact of Washington policy on employers and small businesses.

Filed Under: Abortion, Budget, Contributor, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Gerard Gibert, Insurance, Leadership, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Pro-life, Spending, US Congress

To fully strip federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress should act to amend Medicaid law to disallow participation in the program by clinics that terminate pregnancies or to share costs with other providers that perform abortions. It could be accomplished by an uncomplicated one-sentence bill. In the meantime, with a pro-life president, Title X funds should be all but fully prohibited from distribution to abortion providers.

It’s time for conservative lawmakers – at the state and federal level – to not just talk conservatively in order to be elected, but to govern conservatively.

Mississippi Medicaid Mistake Puts Taxpayers On The Hook For $21 Million Refund To Feds

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 27th, 2017 at 5:33 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Education, Federal Government, Insurance, MDE, Medicaid, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Spending

The state Division of Medicaid could face an unwelcome expenditure, following a federal audit’s findings that the agency, in error, claimed $21.2 million in unallowable reimbursements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over a three-year period. The report released by the Office of Inspector General last month recommends the state refund that […]

GIBERT: Getting To Free-Market Health Care Doesn’t Stop With Repealing ObamaCare

By Gerard Gibert | April 6th, 2017 at 2:07 pm

BY: Gerard Gibert / CEO - Venture Technologies

Gerard Gibert is founder and CEO of Ridgeland-based Venture Technologies, a multi-state IT solutions and managed services provider since 1985 with 300 employees in 13 states. Gerard is a frequent business commentator in both academic and media circles on the impact of Washington policy on employers and small businesses.

Filed Under: Contributor, Democrats, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Insurance, Liberty, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

In addition to federal law, every state regulates the sale of insurance. That’s one of the roadblocks to interstate sale of insurance and one of the drivers of premium costs. So even with repeal of federal law, insurance will remain intensely regulated.

PLUNKETT: Perplexed Democrats Challenge Unprepared Republicans In State Senate To Provide Evidence Of Medicaid Fraud. Thank Goodness Someone Had Heard Of Google!

By Keith Plunkett | March 8th, 2017 at 5:08 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Brice Wiggins, Budget, Contributor, Culture, David Parker, Democrats, Entitlements, Ethics, Federal Government, health, Hob Bryan, Insurance, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Spending

An exchange between Democrat and Republican Senators on Tuesday reported by Mississippi Today illustrates why changing the schedule of legislative sessions to every other year instead of annually is a good idea. A bill to tighten oversight of Medicaid and reduce improper payments brought heated debate in the state senate for an hour. If the […]

Division Of Medicaid Tries To Put Dent In $89 Million Deficit By Partnering With Managed Care Companies To Reduce Costs

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 13th, 2017 at 9:39 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, health, Insurance, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Spending

Mississippi’s Division of Medicaid needs money now. Last week, the state agency requested a $75 million deficit appropriation. Then, on Thursday, the governor cut several agency budgets another 1.4 percent. For Medicaid, this amounts to another $14 million dollars. But finding cuts with this particular state agency is a long game, according to legislators. As […]

FISCHER: Time For GOP To Man-Up On #ObamaCare

By Bryan Fischer | January 10th, 2017 at 10:56 am

BY: Bryan Fischer / Contributor

Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm.

Filed Under: Bryan Fischer, Contributor, Federal Government, Insurance, Leadership, Liberty, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, US Congress

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Stories are already circulating that any number of weak-willed Republicans are looking for some way to slow down the repeal ObamaCare train and call the whole thing off until everybody agrees on the perfect replacement solution. That day, of course, will never come. Leadership is about doing the […]

FISCHER: Repeal But Do NOT Replace

By Bryan Fischer | January 6th, 2017 at 7:09 pm

BY: Bryan Fischer / Contributor

Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm.

Filed Under: Bryan Fischer, Contributor, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, Obamacare, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

Much ink has been spilled and many pixels have been posted over the question of what Republicans should replace ObamaCare with, if they keep their oft-repeated promises to repeal it. The simplest and most direct is – nothing. Don’t replace ObamaCare with anything. Let’s get government out of health care and allow the people and […]

PLUNKETT: How And When The Repeal Of #Obamacare Is Likely To Go Down

By Keith Plunkett | January 3rd, 2017 at 6:42 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Contributor, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, Obamacare, Opinion, Taxes, US Congress

Policy Analysts Watching Republicans Actions Closely, Staffers Assure Commitment To Repeal Is Ironclad. Ramesh Ponnoru with AEI summed up in a December 16 article how Republicans would most likely attempt a quick repeal of Obamacare, while being careful to leave certain regulations in place for incoming Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to strategically […]