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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 . […] [...]

Hospital board appealing racial discrimination verdict

GREENWOOD — The majority-black Greenwood Leflore Hospital Board is appealing an $82,000 award to a white attorney who argued he was a victim of discrimination. George Dulin claims he was pushed out of his job as the hospital board’s attorney in 2006 because of his race. He was awarded $82,000 by a federal jury in […] [...]

City loses again in court in dispute over mental health clinic

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled against the city of Ocean Springs in its dispute with a mental health clinic that wanted to locate in the coastal city. Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs ruled last December that the city erred in denying a use permit to the Psycamore mental health clinic. […] [...]

Bryant rescinds part of executive order concerning Blue Cross/HMA fight

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is backtracking from part of an executive order he issued in a dispute between the state’s largest insurer and a hospital company. Bryant signed a document yesterday saying he is rescinding the parts of his Oct. 22 order that would have required Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to resume […] [...]

State records third West Nile virus death of season

FORREST COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says there’s been a third death in the state from the West Nile virus. Health officials say the death was a Forrest County resident who was a previously reported human case. The state total for 2013 is now 43 human cases, including three deaths. The other […] [...]

Health Department confirms state’s first flu cases of season

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported the first confirmed cases of influenza in the state. According to the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, all the confirmed cases are influenza A (2009 H1N1) and are covered by the current flu vaccine. Health officials say although flu season usually peaks in January through March, […] [...]

Medicaid director wants expansion into managed-care program

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid director wants to expand a managed-care program that he says has helped save the state about $40 million. David Dzielak said 22 percent of Medicaid recipients are in managed care, in which a company is paid a set fee to provide medical services, regardless of the services’ actual cost. Dzielak said […] [...]

Judge blocks governor’s attempt to force Blue Cross to pay in-network rates

JACKSON — A federal judge yesterday blocked Gov. Phil Bryant from compelling Mississippi’s largest health insurer to resume paying its in-network rate to a chain of 10 hospitals. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate read a temporary restraining order from the bench saying Bryant didn’t provide enough proof to justify an executive order he issued […] [...]

Blue Cross going to court to block Bryant’s order

JACKSON — Mississippi’s largest health insurer is going to court with its fight against Gov. Phil Bryant and 10 Health Management Associates hospitals. U.S. District Judge District Judge Henry Wingate is scheduled to hold a hearing today on Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s lawsuit. The insurer wants to block Bryant’s executive order that […] [...]

Three more West Nile virus cases identified

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health says three newly confirmed cases of West Nile virus bring the state total to 43 this year. The new cases were in Forrest, Lamar and Rankin counties. So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (6), Harrison, Hinds (12), Jones (2), Lamar […] [...]

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