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Members of the Mississippi Air National Guard and the Mississippi Army National Guard stood outside the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS Wednesday morning cheering and thanking medical personnel arriving and departing the University Hospital during shift change.

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The city of Jackson will cover insurance premiums of city workers on a single plan beginning Thursday as part of an effort to promote  access to health care during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The move — which was approved by the City Council in its most recent budget — will amount to a bump in pay for workers who currently pay for insurance.

It is also meant to encourage workers without insurance to sign up. 

Robert Blaine, the city’s chief administrative officer, estimates between 30% to 40% of the city’s 2,200 workers are not enrolled in the city’s health insurance program.

The city of Jackson will absorb the insurance