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Findings of study on health of oil spill cleanup workers to be released

GULF OF MEXICO — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons of spew that would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in […] [...]

OSHA enters into agreement with GEO Group

MERIDIAN — The GEO Group Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that requires the company to implement comprehensive procedures and policies to better safeguard its workers against the hazards of workplace violence in every correctional and adult detention facility that it manages […] [...]

Singing River to hold Health Insurance Marketplace sign-up

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System will partner with Ambetter, the Health Insurance Marketplace provider for South Mississippi, to provide a free consultation and insurance sign-up Feb. 18 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m at the Pascagoula Senior Center. Licensed insurance agents will be on-site to assist with enrollment and answer questions. The event is open to […] [...]

Another Coast beach advisory issued by MDEQ

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory Wednesday for one sampling station in Harrison County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. The affected beach is at […] [...]

After Blue Cross/hospitals dispute, insurance legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Insurers would have to accept any medical provider who meets contract terms into their network under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House. The House Insurance Committee voted 7-6 yesterday to approve House Bill 553, with four members present but not voting. The measure comes after a dispute between Community Health Services, […] [...]

Hood joins AGs’ call for tamper-proof generic pain med bottles

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has joined 41 other state and territorial attorneys general in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging it to require manufacturers of generic prescription pain relievers  (opioids) to develop tamper-resistant versions of their products. Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels in many states. “We […] [...]

Surgeons perform state’s first kidney/pancreas transplant

JACKSON — Surgeons at the University of Mississippi Medical Center recently transplanted a pancreas and kidney into a 49-year-old man, marking the first such event for the state and final piece of UMMC’s abdominal transplant line. “Our goal has been to build a complete and high-functioning abdominal transplant program,” said Dr. Christopher Anderson, UMMC associate […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Health Department: Flu cases on the rise statewide

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting an increase in influenza activity over the past several weeks. “We are seeing evidence of influenza activity throughout the state,” said MSDH state epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “Seasonal flu usually peaks from January to March in Mississippi, but infections can be seen before […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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