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Laurel, MS

Laurel working to clean up city

We have got to keep our community beautiful. Those that own rental property have got to hold a high standard for renters to keep the property clean. Also, the landlords are going to have to make repairs, paint, etc. So many people are moving out into the county. If Laurel folds, so will Jones County. PLEASE--Mayor and City Council. Develop firm criteria for this issue. We need your help.  (Sep 20, 2008 | post #1)

Jackson, MS

Medicaid Cuts To Cause Lay Offs, Some Mississippi Hospita...

You are so right. He is trying to make it sound as though our legislative officials do not know what they are doing by wanting a tobacco tax. Is he kidding? It is the only thing that makes any sense. It is the governor that doesn't have a clue. Hundreds will be laid off if he continues with his plan to slash Medicaid reimbursement to hospitals. Services will close. Some hospitals will close. Physicians will leave the state. All I seem to hear about is if the governor does this that hospitals will increase their charges to patients to make up for the shortfall. Most hospital charges are capped due to federal programs...so their hands are tied. Why is nobody really talking about the hundreds that will lose their jobs? Haley...do you think hospitals are bluffing? Get the facts. You will absolutely bankrupt health care in Mississippi if you continue with your plan.  (Jul 11, 2008 | post #7)

Hattiesburg, MS

Forrest General Hospital

I am so tired of hearing you whine and complain about hospital rules. What you should be concerned about is the Medicaid issue in the state of Mississippi--our governor wants to cut millions from hospitals. Millions were cut from hospitals last year--that is part of what started this forum. But now we are talking about an issue that is very serious. Hundreds will be laid off across Mississippi if Barbour gets his way. Did you see the Hattiesburg American today. Forrest General will cut 300 jobs. Some hospitals will close. Many services throughout our state will be cut. Now this is something to discuss. When there are few docs to provide quality care...because docs leave the state as a result of the Medicaid reimbursement cuts in MS-- you will have something to complain about. But the complaints will go unheard--the damage will be done. Mississippi's reputation will be damaged once again. And as with tort reform, it will take a long time for physicians to even consider practicing in Mississippi again. Someone has to stop the Governor. He is in bed with Big Tobacco companies...and his only concern is to keep them from getting an increase in tax. How can we stand for this? When are we as citizens of this area going to take a stand? Our Governor thinks that he is untouchable. We need to remind him that we put him in office--he has to do what is right for the great state of Mississippi. His loyalty to the tobacco companies is sickening--while jobs hang in the balance--I am sure he rests well at night.  (Jul 8, 2008 | post #995)

Jackson, MS

Medicaid Cuts To Cause Lay Offs, Some Mississippi Hospita...

That is a great idea, but the casinos will not have it. WE NEED A TOBACCO TAX. It is the right thing to do.  (Jul 8, 2008 | post #5)

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Speaking of layoffs--if Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour does not support an increase in the tobacco tax to help fund the states Medicaid program instead of taxing Mississippi hospitals, there will be layoffs at hospitals across Mississippi. Everyone knows that Governor Barbour has been tied to tobacco companies for years through his lobbying firm. Prior to this move, we were all proud of our governor for helping us make it through Hurricane Katrina, but we are all very disappointed right now. His loyalty is not with the residents of Mississippi--it is with tobacco companies. There are 50,000 hospital employees in Mississippi--big business. Many will be out of work if Governor Barbour gets his way. PLEASE...write your elected officials, the governor, the press....our Mississippi hospitals are already writing off millions annually from providing indigent care. They were cut millions in Medicaid funding last year. Enough is enough.  (Jul 3, 2008 | post #174)

Jackson, MS

Medicaid Cuts To Cause Lay Offs, Some Mississippi Hospita...

You obviously are not well read---are you aware that states across our country have instituted sin taxes--tax on alcohol and tobacco? I don't believe I have heard about any twinkie taxes. You are OBVIOUSLY a smoker. Continue to smoke--it is your right--but increase the taxes so we can cover the shortfall in Medicaid. Otherwise, your local hospital will not be available to treat you if you get cancer.  (Jul 3, 2008 | post #3)

Jackson, MS

Medicaid Issue--Governor Barbour Supports Tobacco Over Mi...

The most important topic on this forum is the Medicaid issue. Do some research....google: Haley Barbour and tobacco companies and see what comes up. You will be amazed. We all know why he does not want a tobacco tax. He has received millions from tobacco companies in his lifetime. He would prefer for hundreds of health care workers in Ms. to be unemployed. Tomorrow will tell us a lot--watch for the results of the special session.  (Jun 25, 2008 | post #1)

Vicksburg, MS

Medicaid Funding Issue To Cause Layoffs At Mississippi Ho...

Please--call your senators and representatives before Thursday. Tell them--do not give in. A tobacco tax is the only way to fund the state Medicaid program. It only makes sense. Tobacco users in Mississippi cost the Medicaid program millions each year. A tobacco tax should go to fund Medicaid. Tell the Governor that his support of the tobacco industry will not be permitted. We put him in office. We pay his salary. We cannot allow him to put hundreds out of work. Call now....before it is too late.  (Jun 23, 2008 | post #2)

Jackson, MS

Mississippi Hospitals Will Lay Off Employees If Governor ...

Call your senators and representatives--a sk them to stand firm on a tobacco tax to fund Medicaid. Public hospitals in Mississippi were cut millions last year and many are operating at a deficit. now Another cut will bankrupt some hospitals--others will have no choice but lay off employees. The Governor is misleading the public. He keeps saying that hospitals will benefit from the windfall of funds--$6 for every $1 they contribute in taxes. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Hospitals will not receive additional funding--reimburse ments will be cut millions. Ask the Governor--why do you support the big tobacco companies over Mississippi hospitals. What ever happend to your "job growth" mentality?  (Jun 23, 2008 | post #1)

Tupelo, MS

Medicaid Funding Issue To Cause Layoffs At Mississippi Ho...

Please contact the Governor and say---YES to a tobacco tax. Yes to funding Medicaid through a tobacco tax.  (Jun 23, 2008 | post #2)

Gulfport, MS

Medicaid Funding Issue To Cause Layoffs At Mississippi Ho...

Does everyone really understand the issue surrounding the Medicaid cuts proposed by Governor Haley Barbour? He is not willing to use rainy day funds or increase tobacco taxes to fund Medicaid. His only solution is to tax hospitals, physicians and nursing homes. Most hospitals across the state of Mississippi were cut millions of dollars in funding last year. Some laid off employees, many reduced employee work hours to 32 hour work weeks, some reduced employee benefits....and now our governor wants to cut Mississippi hospitals again. What most people do not know is that hospitals throughout the state write off millions annually and they have done this for years. Their mission is to provide excellent care to the residents of Mississippi regardless of their ability to pay. Health care workers throughout our great state cannot understand this move by our governor. The same governor that pulled us through Hurricane Katrina--the same governor that has worked hard to create new jobs in Mississippi--has made it clear. If one of the three proposals to cut payments to hospitals is not approved during the upcoming special session then Governor Barbour will do whatever is necessary to fund Medicaid-- cut reimbursements to hospitals, doctors and nursing homes--0h.....exce pt increase the tax on alcohol and tobacco...or use funds out of the rainy day fund. And of course our elected officials have made it clear--either the Governor allows them to include a tobacco tax or funds from the rainy day fund in their proposal or they will adjourn the moment they begin meeting. So...what happens? I will tell you what happens. Millions of additional dollars will be cut from hospitals in our state that are already at break even or operating at a deficit. Does our Governor understand that if he cuts millions from Mississippi hospitals that they will have to lay off hundreds of employees. If our Governor cuts payments to physicians--they will leave our state. They have too many opportunities to go elsewhere. It is hard enough for hospitals and clinics to recruit doctors to Mississippi and if doctors begin leaving the state (like they did during the tort reform issue) then others will certainly not come here. The same governor that is trying to create jobs does not understand that hundreds of health care workers will be unemployed if he continues in this manner. PLEASE....someone needs to get his attention. There has been a great deal of information in the press about Governor Barbour's allegiance to the tobacco industry. As we all know...his lobbying firm in Washington has firm ties to the tobacco industry. Mississippi has the lowest tobacco tax in the nation--Mississipp i has a huge deficit in our Medicaid program--sounds like an easy fix. Add a $1 tobacco tax and the Medicaid program will be funded. But no....the governor said just last week that he does plan on increasing the tobacco tax later...but the funds will not go to health care. Mississippi--we put Governor Barbour in office. We have to take a stand on this issue. Not only will Mississippi health care workers lose their jobs but spin off companies will relocate if hospitals can no longer afford to purchase their goods and services. The reimbursement to physicians and hospitals through the Medicaid program is already low. So if the reimbursements are cut deeper, then many physicians will not be able to afford to continue to see Medicaid patients in their practices--and these patients will flood into our emergency rooms which are already overcrowded. Health care costs in our state will sky rocket...and many hospitals will close their doors. Is this good for Mississippi? No. Please write Governor Barbour and make it clear--we have to protect our health care system in Mississippi. I want to hear from others about this issue.  (Jun 22, 2008 | post #1)

Ellisville, MS

Medicaid Funding Issue To Cause Layoffs At Mississippi Ho...

oes everyone really understand the issue surrounding the Medicaid cuts proposed by Governor Haley Barbour? He is not willing to use rainy day funds or increase tobacco taxes to fund Medicaid. His only solution is to tax hospitals, physicians and nursing homes. Most hospitals across the state of Mississippi were cut millions of dollars in funding last year. Some laid off employees, many reduced employee work hours to 32 hour work weeks, some reduced employee benefits....and now our governor wants to cut Mississippi hospitals again. What most people do not know is that hospitals throughout the state write off millions annually and they have done this for years. Their mission is to provide excellent care to the residents of Mississippi regardless of their ability to pay. Health care workers throughout our great state cannot understand this move by our governor. The same governor that pulled us through Hurricane Katrina--the same governor that has worked hard to create new jobs in Mississippi--has made it clear. If one of the three proposals to cut payments to hospitals is not approved during the upcoming special session then Governor Barbour will do whatever is necessary to fund Medicaid-- cut reimbursements to hospitals, doctors and nursing homes--0h.....exce pt increase the tax on alcohol and tobacco...or use funds out of the rainy day fund. And of course our elected officials have made it clear--either the Governor allows them to include a tobacco tax or funds from the rainy day fund in their proposal or they will adjourn the moment they begin meeting. So...what happens? I will tell you what happens. Millions of additional dollars will be cut from hospitals in our state that are already at break even or operating at a deficit. Does our Governor understand that if he cuts millions from Mississippi hospitals that they will have to lay off hundreds of employees. If our Governor cuts payments to physicians--they will leave our state. They have too many opportunities to go elsewhere. It is hard enough for hospitals and clinics to recruit doctors to Mississippi and if doctors begin leaving the state (like they did during the tort reform issue) then others will certainly not come here. The same governor that is trying to create jobs does not understand that hundreds of health care workers will be unemployed if he continues in this manner. PLEASE....someone needs to get his attention. There has been a great deal of information in the press about Governor Barbour's allegiance to the tobacco industry. As we all know...his lobbying firm in Washington has firm ties to the tobacco industry. Mississippi has the lowest tobacco tax in the nation--Mississipp i has a huge deficit in our Medicaid program--sounds like an easy fix. Add a $1 tobacco tax and the Medicaid program will be funded. But no....the governor said just last week that he does plan on increasing the tobacco tax later...but the funds will not go to health care. Mississippi--we put Governor Barbour in office. We have to take a stand on this issue. Not only will Mississippi health care workers lose their jobs but spin off companies will relocate if hospitals can no longer afford to purchase their goods and services. The reimbursement to physicians and hospitals through the Medicaid program is already low. So if the reimbursements are cut deeper, then many physicians will not be able to afford to continue to see Medicaid patients in their practices--and these patients will flood into our emergency rooms which are already overcrowded. Health care costs in our state will sky rocket...and many hospitals will close their doors. Is this good for Mississippi? No. Please write Governor Barbour and make it clear--we have to protect our health care system in Mississippi. I want to hear from others about this issue.  (Jun 22, 2008 | post #1)

Laurel, MS

Medicaid Funding Issue To Cause Layoffs At Mississippi Ho...

oes everyone really understand the issue surrounding the Medicaid cuts proposed by Governor Haley Barbour? He is not willing to use rainy day funds or increase tobacco taxes to fund Medicaid. His only solution is to tax hospitals, physicians and nursing homes. Most hospitals across the state of Mississippi were cut millions of dollars in funding last year. Some laid off employees, many reduced employee work hours to 32 hour work weeks, some reduced employee benefits....and now our governor wants to cut Mississippi hospitals again. What most people do not know is that hospitals throughout the state write off millions annually and they have done this for years. Their mission is to provide excellent care to the residents of Mississippi regardless of their ability to pay. Health care workers throughout our great state cannot understand this move by our governor. The same governor that pulled us through Hurricane Katrina--the same governor that has worked hard to create new jobs in Mississippi--has made it clear. If one of the three proposals to cut payments to hospitals is not approved during the upcoming special session then Governor Barbour will do whatever is necessary to fund Medicaid-- cut reimbursements to hospitals, doctors and nursing homes--0h.....exce pt increase the tax on alcohol and tobacco...or use funds out of the rainy day fund. And of course our elected officials have made it clear--either the Governor allows them to include a tobacco tax or funds from the rainy day fund in their proposal or they will adjourn the moment they begin meeting. So...what happens? I will tell you what happens. Millions of additional dollars will be cut from hospitals in our state that are already at break even or operating at a deficit. Does our Governor understand that if he cuts millions from Mississippi hospitals that they will have to lay off hundreds of employees. If our Governor cuts payments to physicians--they will leave our state. They have too many opportunities to go elsewhere. It is hard enough for hospitals and clinics to recruit doctors to Mississippi and if doctors begin leaving the state (like they did during the tort reform issue) then others will certainly not come here. The same governor that is trying to create jobs does not understand that hundreds of health care workers will be unemployed if he continues in this manner. PLEASE....someone needs to get his attention. There has been a great deal of information in the press about Governor Barbour's allegiance to the tobacco industry. As we all know...his lobbying firm in Washington has firm ties to the tobacco industry. Mississippi has the lowest tobacco tax in the nation--Mississipp i has a huge deficit in our Medicaid program--sounds like an easy fix. Add a $1 tobacco tax and the Medicaid program will be funded. But no....the governor said just last week that he does plan on increasing the tobacco tax later...but the funds will not go to health care. Mississippi--we put Governor Barbour in office. We have to take a stand on this issue. Not only will Mississippi health care workers lose their jobs but spin off companies will relocate if hospitals can no longer afford to purchase their goods and services. The reimbursement to physicians and hospitals through the Medicaid program is already low. So if the reimbursements are cut deeper, then many physicians will not be able to afford to continue to see Medicaid patients in their practices--and these patients will flood into our emergency rooms which are already overcrowded. Health care costs in our state will sky rocket...and many hospitals will close their doors. Is this good for Mississippi? No. Please write Governor Barbour and make it clear--we have to protect our health care system in Mississippi. I want to hear from others about this issue.  (Jun 22, 2008 | post #1)

Greenwood, MS

Medicaid Funding Issue To Cause Layoffs At Mississippi Ho...

oes everyone really understand the issue surrounding the Medicaid cuts proposed by Governor Haley Barbour? He is not willing to use rainy day funds or increase tobacco taxes to fund Medicaid. His only solution is to tax hospitals, physicians and nursing homes. Most hospitals across the state of Mississippi were cut millions of dollars in funding last year. Some laid off employees, many reduced employee work hours to 32 hour work weeks, some reduced employee benefits....and now our governor wants to cut Mississippi hospitals again. What most people do not know is that hospitals throughout the state write off millions annually and they have done this for years. Their mission is to provide excellent care to the residents of Mississippi regardless of their ability to pay. Health care workers throughout our great state cannot understand this move by our governor. The same governor that pulled us through Hurricane Katrina--the same governor that has worked hard to create new jobs in Mississippi--has made it clear. If one of the three proposals to cut payments to hospitals is not approved during the upcoming special session then Governor Barbour will do whatever is necessary to fund Medicaid-- cut reimbursements to hospitals, doctors and nursing homes--0h.....exce pt increase the tax on alcohol and tobacco...or use funds out of the rainy day fund. And of course our elected officials have made it clear--either the Governor allows them to include a tobacco tax or funds from the rainy day fund in their proposal or they will adjourn the moment they begin meeting. So...what happens? I will tell you what happens. Millions of additional dollars will be cut from hospitals in our state that are already at break even or operating at a deficit. Does our Governor understand that if he cuts millions from Mississippi hospitals that they will have to lay off hundreds of employees. If our Governor cuts payments to physicians--they will leave our state. They have too many opportunities to go elsewhere. It is hard enough for hospitals and clinics to recruit doctors to Mississippi and if doctors begin leaving the state (like they did during the tort reform issue) then others will certainly not come here. The same governor that is trying to create jobs does not understand that hundreds of health care workers will be unemployed if he continues in this manner. PLEASE....someone needs to get his attention. There has been a great deal of information in the press about Governor Barbour's allegiance to the tobacco industry. As we all know...his lobbying firm in Washington has firm ties to the tobacco industry. Mississippi has the lowest tobacco tax in the nation--Mississipp i has a huge deficit in our Medicaid program--sounds like an easy fix. Add a $1 tobacco tax and the Medicaid program will be funded. But no....the governor said just last week that he does plan on increasing the tobacco tax later...but the funds will not go to health care. Mississippi--we put Governor Barbour in office. We have to take a stand on this issue. Not only will Mississippi health care workers lose their jobs but spin off companies will relocate if hospitals can no longer afford to purchase their goods and services. The reimbursement to physicians and hospitals through the Medicaid program is already low. So if the reimbursements are cut deeper, then many physicians will not be able to afford to continue to see Medicaid patients in their practices--and these patients will flood into our emergency rooms which are already overcrowded. Health care costs in our state will sky rocket...and many hospitals will close their doors. Is this good for Mississippi? No. Please write Governor Barbour and make it clear--we have to protect our health care system in Mississippi. I want to hear from others about this issue.  (Jun 22, 2008 | post #1)

Natchez, MS

Medicaid Funding Issue To Cause Layoffs At Mississippi Ho...

oes everyone really understand the issue surrounding the Medicaid cuts proposed by Governor Haley Barbour? He is not willing to use rainy day funds or increase tobacco taxes to fund Medicaid. His only solution is to tax hospitals, physicians and nursing homes. Most hospitals across the state of Mississippi were cut millions of dollars in funding last year. Some laid off employees, many reduced employee work hours to 32 hour work weeks, some reduced employee benefits....and now our governor wants to cut Mississippi hospitals again. What most people do not know is that hospitals throughout the state write off millions annually and they have done this for years. Their mission is to provide excellent care to the residents of Mississippi regardless of their ability to pay. Health care workers throughout our great state cannot understand this move by our governor. The same governor that pulled us through Hurricane Katrina--the same governor that has worked hard to create new jobs in Mississippi--has made it clear. If one of the three proposals to cut payments to hospitals is not approved during the upcoming special session then Governor Barbour will do whatever is necessary to fund Medicaid-- cut reimbursements to hospitals, doctors and nursing homes--0h.....exce pt increase the tax on alcohol and tobacco...or use funds out of the rainy day fund. And of course our elected officials have made it clear--either the Governor allows them to include a tobacco tax or funds from the rainy day fund in their proposal or they will adjourn the moment they begin meeting. So...what happens? I will tell you what happens. Millions of additional dollars will be cut from hospitals in our state that are already at break even or operating at a deficit. Does our Governor understand that if he cuts millions from Mississippi hospitals that they will have to lay off hundreds of employees. If our Governor cuts payments to physicians--they will leave our state. They have too many opportunities to go elsewhere. It is hard enough for hospitals and clinics to recruit doctors to Mississippi and if doctors begin leaving the state (like they did during the tort reform issue) then others will certainly not come here. The same governor that is trying to create jobs does not understand that hundreds of health care workers will be unemployed if he continues in this manner. PLEASE....someone needs to get his attention. There has been a great deal of information in the press about Governor Barbour's allegiance to the tobacco industry. As we all know...his lobbying firm in Washington has firm ties to the tobacco industry. Mississippi has the lowest tobacco tax in the nation--Mississipp i has a huge deficit in our Medicaid program--sounds like an easy fix. Add a $1 tobacco tax and the Medicaid program will be funded. But no....the governor said just last week that he does plan on increasing the tobacco tax later...but the funds will not go to health care. Mississippi--we put Governor Barbour in office. We have to take a stand on this issue. Not only will Mississippi health care workers lose their jobs but spin off companies will relocate if hospitals can no longer afford to purchase their goods and services. The reimbursement to physicians and hospitals through the Medicaid program is already low. So if the reimbursements are cut deeper, then many physicians will not be able to afford to continue to see Medicaid patients in their practices--and these patients will flood into our emergency rooms which are already overcrowded. Health care costs in our state will sky rocket...and many hospitals will close their doors. Is this good for Mississippi? No. Please write Governor Barbour and make it clear--we have to protect our health care system in Mississippi. I want to hear from others about this issue.  (Jun 22, 2008 | post #1)