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If it bleeds, it’s the lede. Disaster headlines sold newspapers (when people read them). Now screaming talking heads sell panic on TV. It’s contagious. The precautionary principle becomes: assume the worst and follow the herd.
The last couple of months have seen several new phrases enter the popular lexicon: “social distancing,” “flattening the curve” and “shelter in place” to name a few. (Somewhere George Orwell is spinning in his grave.) Another phrase which is not new, but is newly popular, is herd immunity.
We have the worst health statistics in the United States and also the highest level of poverty. These two factors combine to make healthcare for the individuals receiving Medicaid benefits in Mississippi very expensive.
Take advice from medical nannies with a heathy grain of unhealthy salt.
Remember from Part I, the Medicaid program is health insurance intended for those of limited means based on the federal poverty level. As such, when applicants qualify for Medicaid and become Medicaid beneficiaries, their healthcare expenses are covered by Medicaid. There are two ways for this to happen. One way is fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid and the other is Medicaid managed care.