Friday, June 24, 2011

Mississippi Department of Insurance ~ Town Meeting ~ Gulfport

I attended the Mississippi Department of Insurance, Town Meeting in Gulfport today. For those of you who were unable to attend they have a website Insurance Department Mississippi,  and they are on Twitter .

The purpose of the meeting was to talk about establishing a Health Exchange for Mississippians by Mississippians. The Health Exchange would not be a government entitlement program, but would give the citizens of Mississippi more options. Federal Law Mandates a Health Exchange be in place by 2014.

18% of Mississippians are currently uninsured. Goals of the exchange would be to lower administrative cost and to increase participation so that more of our citizens are insured.

43% of those polled at today's meeting were in favor of the Affordable Care Act while 39% hate it. The Affordable Care Act is very polarizing so we were asked to look at the Health Exchange separate from the Affordable Care Act. 68% of those at the meeting would prefer that Mississippi run the Health Exchange not the Federal Government.

Roadblocks are the lack of Internet access by many of our citizens and the disparate education levels of our citizenry.

57% think that Health Insurance is important to economic growth and considering that Mississippi has the highest number of part time employes of any state  the need for employers to offer health insurance to part time employees is great.

One option mentioned was a Defined Contribution Plan which would allow employers to decide how much money to put in the exchange for their employees.

Plan needs to be in place by Jan 1, 2014.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Shawn Vestal Insults Mississippi

A new report shows that more parents in Washington refused to have their children vaccinated than any other state in the nation. I’d have thought Mississippi would have taken that flag, but no – it’s apparently a different kind of counterculture that drives this particular paranoia, and we’ve got a big dose of it.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

This makes me so sad

True grit at Humane Society
I guess they’re used to it, those employees in their blue uniforms and green scrubs who sit behind the counter at the Surrender Center of the Humane Society in Gulfport. Polite and detached, the lady hands me forms to sign and asks me if I am aware that there is a $15 “surrender fee.” Over her head on the wall behind her there is a large sign which warns everyone that this is not a no-kill facility. Below that were numbers describing the chances of survival: almost a thousand animals surrendered; about a third of these adopted. The rest were euthanized, except for the lucky seventy who were transported by the “Love Train” to facilities in other states where they might be adopted.

I guess they’re used to it. They just keep typing, stapling and focusing on the computer screen, unfazed by the outcries of animals in other parts of the building. There’s the incessant barking of the two spirited dogs brought in on leashes by the couple sitting near the door, waiting their turn. A pale Lab, silent and sad. was also among the waiting. The employee picked up one of the two grey kittens I’d brought in. She is non-judgmental and business-like. “The mother is being spayed today,” I volunteer.

Should I tell her that she was a stray; that my daughter took one of the four kittens and I kept one too? Would she care that I tried to find homes for these two?

People don’t want to adopt adult cats,” she says. She looks at me and smiles, slightly. “They like kittens. They’ll be adopted.”

I shove my dark glasses harder into my face and head for the door before I burst into tears.
I guess they’re used to it. They’ve got to be.

WANDA STEWART
Biloxi

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Leland Speed wants to steal your land

Leland Speed is suing to stop a statewide vote on eminent domain.

The proposed constitutional amendment would prohibit the government from taking private land to give to another person or business.


Lawsuit attacks eminent domain amendment - Local - SunHerald.com