Archive for the ‘Insurance & Employee Benefits’ Category

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How important are benefits … to the employee and employer?

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi

Employers still rely on an attractive benefits packages to help them fill vacancies but a new generation of employees and the recent economic downturn have changed the way benefits are looked at these days. “Good benefits and insurance continue to be a big draw when it comes to attracting employees,” said Cindy Webb, director of […] [...]

Managed care saving Medicaid money

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi

» Executive director says enrolling recipients has saved the state about $40 million By BOBBY HARRISON   Medicaid executive director David Dzielak says enrolling Mississippi Medicaid recipients in managed care has saved the state about $40 million. To increase those annual savings, Dzielak said recently the Legislature will have to remove the restrictions on the managed […] [...]

Commercial insurance market is stable and growing

by Published: September 20,2013

Tags: Business, commercial, Gulf Coast, insurance, Mississippi, real estate

The overall state of the commercial insurance market in Mississippi is stable and growing, according to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. One market trend Chaney sees is increases in the commercial auto and workers compensation rates. “That is due to the fact that we are coming out of a soft market,” he said. Insurance executives […] [...]

Coastal home insurance scene expensive, but improving 8 years after Hurricane Katrina

by Published: September 20,2013

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, real estate

The cost of insurance continues to be a common lament among homeowners in the state’s three coastal counties. As more insurance companies write coverage in Mississippi, will competition cause costs to decrease? Should anyone contemplating the purchase of a home buy now before insurance prices increase more? State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney isn’t dispensing advice […] [...]

Recruitment pays off for Tupelo hospital

TUPELO — Rodger Brown, vice president for human resources, North Mississippi Health Services, is proud to head up HR for an organization with 6,200 employees that is one of the top three largest private sector employers in the state. He is even more proud of the crowning achievement of NMHS in winning the Malcolm Baldrige […] [...]

SouthGroup builds on legacy as state’s largest private insurance agency

The folks at SouthGroup Insurance Services are fond of a saying that sums up the company’s complex beginnings. “We like to say we’re an 11-year-old company with a 115-year history,” said Ronnie Tubertini, president and CEO. Tubertini was one of the founders of SouthGroup, which was formed Jan. 1, 2002, when 12 “successful, old and […] [...]

Insurance costs contribute to slow residential growth on Gulf Coast

A drive along coastal U.S. 90 reveals many vacant lots where homes and businesses sat before Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Eight years after the devastating storm, rebuilding is scarce along the beach and on nearby streets. While reasons vary, the high cost of insurance is heard more than any other reason. For full coverage, property […] [...]

Porter leads Glynn Griffing and Associates with music in her heart

On her way to becoming president of Glynn Griffing and Associates, Kim Griffing Porter had a musical career. After earning degrees in music from Ole Miss and Boston University, she won a competition as a soprano and traveled the world with a youth orchestra and choir. “I had an opportunity to sing and travel all […] [...]

Act now before storm season

If you think preparing for storm season only means stocking up on extra drinking water and food or filling your gas tank, you are missing a very important step in your preparations. You should get to know your insurance policy. Knowing what’s covered and what’s not can save you a world of trouble and possibly […] [...]

Commercial real estate insurance rates increasing, but property owners can take steps to reduce premiums

Superstorm Sandy in 2012 followed an unprofitable 2011 year worldwide for insurers, so it should come as no surprise that coverage for insurance including commercial insurance is increasing in price. “Over the past year or two, we’ve seen slight increases in property rates,” said Brandt Galloway, a partner with Galloway Chandler-McKinney insurance, Columbus. “Upgrades to […] [...]

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