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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, […] [...]

House bill would require more information from insurers

JACKSON — Lawmakers could require insurers to disclose how much they collect in premiums and how much they pay in claims in each ZIP code. House Bill 753 could spark more debate over how much coastal homeowners are charged to cover against hurricanes, as well as make it clearer what areas private wind insurers are […] [...]

Cochran ‘encouraged’ by effort to stop flood insurance reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he is encouraged by the growing momentum for the Senate to consider bipartisan legislation he helped write to stop flood insurance reforms that are having unintended and harmful economic consequences throughout Mississippi and other states. Cochran met with dozens of local officials and business leaders in […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Cigna, UMMC hammer out multi-year contract

JACKSON — Cigna and the University of Mississippi Medical Center have entered into a multi-year contract that adds UMMC and its employed physicians to Cigna’s network of participating hospitals and doctors. The agreement became effective Jan. 5. With this new addition to the network, Cigna customers who receive services from UMMC or its employed doctors’ […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Stephen McDill joins Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi

Stephen McDill has joined Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi as a customer service representative for the Federal Employee Plan. McDill is a former award-winning staff writer and photographer for the Mississippi Business Journal and had previously worked for WLBT TV-3 and Clear Channel Communications in Jackson. McDill is a 2008 honors graduate of […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Has your company considered dropping employee health benefits?

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi, Obamacare

In recent weeks, we’ve talked with a number of policy experts, health care providers and financial professionals about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Mississippi businesses. There appears to be a solid consensus among these sources that the cost of providing employee health care benefits is going to increase — some think it […] [...]

Commitment to a ‘Noble Profession’ — Raymond James’ Tash Elwyn has always had his eye on the target

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi

One might say that Tash Elwyn, president of the Private Client Group at Raymond James & Associates, was born of parents with a clear literary inclination. “I was named after Tashtego, one of the harponers in the American classic novel Moby Dick,” he told us in a recent meeting. If the harpooneer’s primary mission is […] [...]

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, […] [...]

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