Partial Medicaid Expansion Would Increase Federal Costs

By James Capretta | January 16th, 2019 at 11:46 pm

BY: James Capretta / Real Clear Policy — Contributor

James C. Capretta is a RealClearPolicy Contributor and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Spending, US Congress

It would be better if partial Medicaid expansion were pursued as a legislative change rather than an allowable state waiver because, in legislation, Congress could offset the added federal expense with cost-reducing reforms. Among other things, Congress could cut costs by limiting the use of tax schemes intended to circumvent the states’ matching payment requirements.

The Supreme Court’s decision in 2012 disrupted the plan to establish a national standard of Medicaid eligibility. The result is vastly different Medicaid eligibility rules across the country, which probably isn’t sustainable over the long term.

Medicaid Expansion: Republican Candidates Avoid Reasoned Positions Or Straight Answers

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 15th, 2019 at 5:40 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: Delbert Hosemann, Democrats, Elections, Governor, Insurance, Jim Hood, Leadership, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Obamacare, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Republican, Tate Reeves

Democrat candidates for both offices provide definitive answers on their support for expansion. Only one Republican candidate for governor, Tate Reeves, provides a clear answer against expanding Medicaid in Missippi. However, he provided no deeper explanation as to his reasoning except the somewhat generic explanation of “protecting taxpayers.” Where’s the adherence to the conservative principle of […]

Restrictions On State Retirees, Medicaid Expansion Among Key Political Moves Leading Into 2019

By Bill Crawford | January 1st, 2019 at 7:30 am

BY: Bill Crawford / Mississippi Business Journal

Bill Crawford is a former state legislator and past-president of the Montgomery Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to proactive government sponsored and facilitated economic development. He is a syndicated columnist from Meridian and writes for the Mississippi Business Journal and several other publications across the state.

Filed Under: Commentary, Education, Elections, Governor, Jim Hood, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Opinion, PERS, PERS, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, SLRP, Tate Reeves

The big time jockeying for the Reeves vs. Hood battle (for governor) has begun.

Welfare Reform Is Happening Fast

By Kristina Rasmussen | April 25th, 2018 at 1:12 am

BY: Kristina Rasmussen / Contributor

Kristina Rasmussen is vice president of federal affairs at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Filed Under: Contributor, Economy, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Medicaid, Opinion, Spending, Unemployment

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order on welfare reform, laying the groundwork for federal and state agencies to promote economic mobility and opportunity through work. Just two days later, the House Committee on Agriculture released a draft proposal of the 2018 Farm Bill, calling for an expansion of work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps and committing to initiatives that will reduce fraud and abuse across the food stamp program.

Medicaid Director Resigns: Perhaps Legislators Should Look In The Mirror

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 22nd, 2017 at 2:47 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: Commentary, health, Insurance, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Spending

If legislators wanted the hospitals to have a managed care contract with Medicaid, the solution was simple – mandate it in state law.

Ethics: Why Government Agencies Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Retain Personal Data.

By Keith Plunkett | November 9th, 2017 at 6:12 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Bay St. Louis, Civil Rights, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Liberty, Medicaid, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Public Safety

Citizens should be wary of how government might use or lose their individual private information. A review by the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance, Evaluation, Expenditure and Review (PEER) has found several problems with the way state agencies handle confidential information. While there are a number of protective practices that should be put in place, this […]

Culture and the Snare of Group Identity

By John Glenn | September 16th, 2017 at 7:11 am

BY: John Glenn / Asst. Professor of English

John L. Glenn is an Assistant Professor of English at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, and his writings have appeared in The Federalist, The Birmingham News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Library Journal, and elsewhere.

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Drugs, Ethics, Feature Stories, History, Immorality, Liberty, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Race, Virtue

Convenient excuses are abundant (the system, the elites, outsiders, disadvantage) and need to be unveiled for what they are. The point is that until the stranglehold of group identity can be broken, a paradigm shift, enabling people to get beyond the very real and perceived obstacles, can’t happen

Mississippi Medicaid Director Faces Corruption Allegations

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 15th, 2017 at 1:29 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: Ethics, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Spending

Corruption allegations: Two years before winning a billion-dollar contract, Molina Healthcare offered Medicaid Director David Dzielak a job.

How Pickering Used An Unexplained Project To Undermine The New Medicaid Fraud Prevention Law

By Keith Plunkett | August 6th, 2017 at 4:27 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Budget, Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Jim Hood, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Stacey Pickering

For legislators who actively worked to get the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act to the governors desk earlier this year, the news of Pickering’s project was a complete surprise. Leave it to Republican Legislators to finally pass a new law to introduce some efficiency standards that might “reduce the size and scope of government,” only to have another Republican officeholder inject an additional layer of complexity before it even gets moving.

Rep. Currie To Ask PEER Committee To Investigate MS Dept. Of Medicaid’s Managed Care Contract Evaluation

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 21st, 2017 at 4:00 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: Becky Currie, Ethics, health, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News

“The division of Medicaid does not want this company (Mississippi True) to get it because it was going to shed a light on a lot of different things,” said Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven.