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Mississippians Come Together to Learn About Healthcare Overhaul

JACKSON, Miss.–A group of citizens wanting to learn more about the Affordable Care exchange program came together Tuesday to ask questions.

Congressman Bennie Thompson hosted the event along with Dr. Renard Murray, Regional Administrator for the CMS Atlanta Regional Office.

“I want Mississippi to succeed, and I am deeply committed to enhancing the healthcare system of our state,” said Thompson. “There are over half a million uninsured citizens in our state.”

The topics included how hospitals and administrators would be affected along with Mississippi business leaders.

“I want Mississippi to have every advantage in developing an effective, accessible healthcare system,” Thompson explained. “I am tired of statistics that have Mississippi coming in last when it comes to healthcare.”

Dr. Renard talked about what he thought the most important thing for Mississippians that don’t have healthcare currently.

“It’s to have access to have access to the information and we talked about healthcare.gov being the website to go to get more information,” he said.

Beginning October 1, 2013, consumers in all states will be able to choose new, affordable health insurance coverage through a new Health Insurance Marketplace through the Affordable Care Act.

Mississippi will have a federally-facilitated marketplace.

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