YP – Wicker, Hyde-Smith vote for Coronavirus relief – What’s in it?

Mississippi’s U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith both voted late Wednesday evening for the $2 trillion bipartisan legislation to support American families, workers, and businesses through the economic fallout created by the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation is an update of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was introduced last week.

The bill pass the U.S. Senate 96-0.

MSDH: 377 coronavirus cases in state

MSDH: 5 deaths now in state from coronavirus

YP – Legislators react to what coronavirus will mean for the rest of 2020 session

With the state battling the coronavirus pandemic, legislators in Mississippi are essentially on hiatus at least until April 1 with 2020 session activities temporarily suspended.

When Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker Philip Gunn gaveled their respective chambers out, both said the suspension was akin to hitting the pause button with lawmakers picking back up where they left off once it was safe to do so.

But what has become evident over the last week is that there will be much work to do when the Capitol reopens to consider the people’s business, and some of what Mississippi could see in the remainder of this session and in future sessions are opportunities for public policy changes this event has revealed that were either on the back burner or that were previously simply not an issue.

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THE HILL – Mississippi governor vows to stop abortions during coronavirus outbreak

Mississippi governor vows to stop abortions during coronavirus outbreak

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) vowed he would take action against his state’s sole remaining abortion clinic if it provides abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Reeves said at a press conference that abortions should be included among elective medical procedures and nonessential medical visits, both of which were postponed by the Mississippi Department of Health as it braces for a flood of COVID-19 cases.

“We’re doing everything in our power, and have for many years, to make Mississippi the safest place in America for unborn children,” Reeves said at a press conference Tuesday.

YP – Medicaid makes changes to offset impact of COVID-19

Before the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, Director of Medicaid Drew Snyder said the program was in relatively good financial condition. When the first case of Coronavirus was diagnosed in Mississippi, Medicaid was looking to have roughly $40 million in special funds due to conscientious budgeting over the last few years…

…While Medicaid in Mississippi is working to combat the spread of COVID-19 through telemedicine and increased financial support, Snyder said it is simply too soon to tell what the full impact will be.

“The financial position we were in mid-March and the additional FMAP dollars, is that going to be enough? It’s way too soon to tell, but it is going to help,” said Snyder.

Speaker Gunn provides an update

YP – Mississippi cities make their own guidelines for life during the coronavirus pandemic

As the nation makes moves to combat the growing Coronavirus risk, Mississippi’s Governor, Tate Reeves, has given cities the authority to make many of those calls at this time. The state is not currently under a “shelter in place” order, but some cities have taken the opportunity to make the call on their own to restrict what citizens can do during this pandemic.

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WDAM – Miss. Board of Nursing enacts temporary disaster permits

Miss. Board of Nursing enacts temporary disaster permits

The Mississippi Board of Nursing is helping fill the healthcare needs in our state during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s enacting a temporary disaster permit to allow retired nurses, recent nursing school graduates and other eligible nursing applicants to work for 120 days in their scope of practice.

Starting Friday morning at 9, you can log into the Board’s website at MSBN.ms.gov and enter your nurse gateway profile. Then you’ll get instructions on applying for the permit.

MEMA assess damage in Tishomingo County from EF-1 Tornado