Posts Tagged ‘health care reform’

Session shows divide between Democrats, Republicans

JACKSON — Democrats are starting their third year as the minority party in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, and they’re not making life easy for Republicans. The first big House debate of the year was over a welfare drug-testing bill pushed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The four-hour fight demonstrated that Republicans have enough […] [...]

Board hears of potential higher costs due to health care reform

PURVIS — Lamar County Board of Supervisors has received a presentation on the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act. Officials say the county could be paying 10 percent to 15 percent more because of fees and taxes associated with health care law. The Hattiesburg American reports that could mean an increase of $350,000 to […] [...]

Delta city to cover workers’ insurance rate increase

LELAND — The city of Leland will cover increases in health insurance for its employees. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the city this week renewed its group health care plan with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. The city’s insurance consultant, Willie Lawton, told the board of aldermen new benefits under the Affordable […] [...]

Town given Obamacare insurance break, but faces additional costs in 2015

SUMMIT — An insurance agent told Summit officials they will get a one-year reprieve from new regulations under the Affordable Care Act for employee health care benefits, but the mandates will likely translate into additional costs in 2015. Other small towns can likely expect to hear similar news, The Enterprise-Journal reports. Ricky Johnston of the […] [...]

Bryant wants to give hospitals funds to offset health care reform

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act. Under the federal health care law, over a period of years the reimbursement to hospitals for treating people with no health care coverage will be reduced. The […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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