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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 […] [...]

(UPDATE) State health care exchange monthly rates could triple

Plan to shop for insurance on Mississippi’s new health insurance exchange come Oct. 1? Then brace for sticker shock. Regardless of age, shoppers on the state’s “Federally Facilitated Marketplace” will find health insurance premiums at least 100 percent above rates to which they have become accustomed, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. “The base rate is […] [...]

Chaney: Rates to soar on state healthcare exchange

Plan to shop for insurance on Mississippi’s new health insurance exchange come Oct. 1. Then brace for sticker shock. Regardless of age, shoppers on the state’s “Federally Facilitated Marketplace” will find health insurance premiums at least 100 percent above rates to which they have become accustomed, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. “The base rate is […] [...]

Blue Cross, UMMC settle rate differences

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center have reached a one-year agreement over rates the insurer will pay. UMMC and Blue Cross officials signed the agreement Monday, ending six months of negotiations. With the agreement in place, patients insured through Blue Cross can continue […] [...]

Chaney: 2014 opening planned for business health insurance exchange

Insurance chief sees summer 2014 opening of state’s business health  insurance exchange Gov. Phil Bryant’s blocking of the Mississippi Department of Insurance from working with federal officials on an individual health insurance exchange has not deterred the department from moving straight ahead with creating an exchange for small businesses — the key being the feds […] [...]

UMMC releases statement concerning Blue Cross contract

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center has extended its contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi through August 28 as officials from both entities work toward a new agreement to provide fair reimbursement for medical services. Regardless of whether the contract terminates, UMMC said it would continue to provide health care services […] [...]

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 […] [...]

House passes Medicaid reauthorization during day one of special session

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers appear to be on track to renew and fund Medicaid beyond this coming weekend, when the program is set to expire. In the opening day of a special session yesterday, the House voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize the existence of the program and to set its budget. Bills also must pass the […] [...]

Chaney says some may have no access to federal health insurance

JACKSON — Many Mississippians may have no options when the new federal health insurance marketplace starts enrolling customers in October. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says two insurers have announced offerings so far, and they plan to serve 46 of Mississippi’s 82 counties. Unless something changes, consumers in remaining counties will have no options to buy […] [...]

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