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.

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.

BROWN: Everyone Should Agree On These Common Sense Welfare Program Reforms.

By Chris Brown | March 22nd, 2017 at 3:41 am

BY: Chris Brown / State Representative, District 20

Chris Brown is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from Nettleton serving District 20. He is the author of House Bill 1090. Readers can contact him at crbrown@house.ms.gov

Filed Under: Contributor, Entitlements, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Republican, Spending

These are common ground proposals that ensure those who need assistance are able to receive it. The legislation prevents criminals from taking advantage of welfare recipients and taxpayers. It reduces the cost of the social safety net for state government. Best of all, it provides an incredible opportunity for folks who are able to move out of welfare dependency and poverty to a better life.

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 […]

PLUNKETT: Which State Agencies Spent The Most Money And Gave More Pay Raises During 2016 Spending Spree? [Interactive Chart]

By Keith Plunkett | January 20th, 2017 at 8:45 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: Budget, Contributor, Economy, Ethics, Keith Plunkett, MDA, MDE, MDEQ, MDOC, MDOT, Medicaid, MEMA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS Attorney General, MS Bureau of Narcotics, MS Secretary of State, MS State Government, News, Opinion, PERS, Politics, Public Service Commission, Spending, Taxes, Treasurer

The Hattiesburg American published a report by Clarion Ledger Political Reporter Geoff Pender on Monday, January 16 that: “a report requested by lawmakers and making the rounds at the Capitol shows that 74 state agencies, for the first five months of this fiscal year, gave $12.4 million in raises to 3,396 employees. It shows that […]

Getting Started Late, PEER Committee Expected To Issue Only 4 Reports

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 2nd, 2016 at 6:50 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: Charter Schools, Ethics, Legislature, MDOC, Medicaid, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, PERS, PERS, SLRP, Tate Reeves

The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, or PEER, is back up and running. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves missed the normal appointment time in April, finally getting around to naming his seven appointments in late October. The legislative watchdog group was established nearly 50 years ago. The committee issued it’s first report […]

McDaniel Wants Full Hearing on Legislation to Defund Planned Parenthood.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 26th, 2016 at 10:01 am

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

Filed Under: Abortion, Chris McDaniel, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, was a co-author of Senate Bill 2238 and said he would like to see the issue have a full hearing on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals instead of a three-judge panel. McDaniel’s biggest problem with the bill is influenced by his views on the role of government, he says. […]

Judge Blocks MS Law Preventing Medicaid Reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 22nd, 2016 at 6:02 am

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

Filed Under: Abortion, Ethics, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, MS State Government, News

A federal judge blocked a state law preventing Mississippi’s Medicaid agency from making reimbursements to Planned Parenthood and to the state’s only abortion clinic. The order Thursday by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III overturns a law preventing payments to the state’s Planned Parenthood clinic and to its only abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s […]