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HHS: Only 148 Mississippians have signed up for coverage through website

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 148 Mississippi residents have selected coverage though a federally run health insurance website that launched Oct. 1. Coverage is scheduled to begin Jan. 1 as part of the health overhaul President Barack Obama signed into law. The federal agency released enrollment numbers yesterday, […] [...]

Chaney reports low participation in health exchange

JACKSON — Fewer than 150 Mississippi residents have signed up for coverage through a federally run health insurance website, the state insurance commissioner said yesterday. Mike Chaney told The Associated Press that enrollment has been slow in Mississippi, as in other states, because of problems with the website that opened Oct. 1 — www.healthcare.gov . […] [...]

Bryant restates his opposition to health care reform

JACKSON — If there’s one thing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes perfectly clear, it’s this: He doesn’t like the federal health overhaul. Whether you call the law by its official name, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or by what Republican Bryant calls it, “Obamacare,” the governor says it’s too invasive and expensive. During […] [...]

Chaney, Hood warn of insurance marketplace-related scams

JACKSON — Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and Attorney General Jim Hood are warning Mississippians to be aware of the con artists that may emerge as federal and state agencies prepare for the Federal Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace (FFM) rollout under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “We see scammers try to take advantage of such transitions, […] [...]

Federal government gives conditional approval for SHOP

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney received conditional federal approval yesterday to run an online marketplace where businesses with 50 or fewer employees can buy health insurance, starting in January. Chaney was doing a telephone interview with The Associated Press when he received the notice from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. He […] [...]

Hospital system expects millions in losses from federal cuts

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest Health hospital system is expecting its first red ink since 2007. The projected $2.5 million loss for fiscal 2014 is from federal cuts, including payments for uninsured patients, CEO Evan Dillard told The Hattiesburg American. Forrest General alone is expected to lose $3.7 in such “disproportionate share” payments, he said in […] [...]

State applies for SHOP insurance marketplace

JACKSON — On Aug. 28, the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations that will now allow states to apply to operate a state-based free market Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace. “Mississippi is in a position to begin operation of a free market SHOP marketplace in the first quarter of […] [...]

Bryant: Get government out of health care

JACKSON — Mississippi needs to pursue private investment in health care businesses to promote job creation and improve the quality of life, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant told an audience of about 700 people Thursday at a state chamber of commerce event. The state has long been one of the poorest in the nation, and it […] [...]

CEO says Medicaid extension will save Delta hospital $7M

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Legislature’s decision to extend Medicaid will save Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville about $7 million. DRMC CEO J. Stansel Harvey tells the Delta Democrat Times that numbers from 2011, the most recent available, show 70 percent of patients in Greenville receive coverage through either Medicaid or the federal Medicare program. […] [...]

Lawmakers keep Medicaid alive — and go home

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers adjourned their two-day special session late Friday after passing bills to keep Medicaid alive and funded for the new fiscal year that starts Monday. Republicans hold the majority in the House and Senate, and they blocked Democrats’ efforts to extend Medicaid to another 300,000 low-income people — additional coverage that is […] [...]

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