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.

PLUNKETT: 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 / 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, 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.

PLUNKETT: Does Anyone Remember The Goal Of Healthcare Reform?

By Keith Plunkett | July 18th, 2017 at 6:13 pm

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: Business, Contributor, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Republican, US Congress

The only real option to correcting this mess is getting government out of it. That’s obviously not going to happen with the current crop of geniuses scurrying around under the Capitol Dome in DC. Removing government from the equation isn’t really a high priority for lawmakers in Mississippi either, no matter what they tell you. This includes the spineless Republicans who are more adept at spouting talking points on the campaign trail than they are finding ways to put those points into action that accomplishes the goal.

MCDANIEL: More Government Won’t Fix Problems Government-Created.

By Chris McDaniel | June 29th, 2017 at 3:27 pm

BY: Chris McDaniel / Senator

Three-term Senator, Former U.S. federal law clerk, attorney, conservative commentator and MS counsel against Obamacare. Awarded the 2016 American Conservative Union's Award for Conservative Excellence.

Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Economy, Education, Entitlements, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Legislature, Liberty, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, Obamacare, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

Government becomes involved in certain areas of our lives; the problems then become worse, so the government has to devise another solution to fix the problem that it created in the first place. It results in a neverending cycle of government intervention.

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

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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: 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.