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Blue Cross agrees to pay in-network rates at four HMA hospitals

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Under increasing pressure from Gov. Phil Bryant and the state Insurance Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi said yesterday it would start paying in-network rates at four hospitals whose contracts the insurer had canceled. Mississippi’s largest private health insurer said it would resume higher payments to Amory’s Gilmore Memorial Regional […] [...]

Blue Cross contract impasse with HMA may create opening for other insurers

by Ted Carter Published: October 18,2013

Tags: blue cross, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi, Obamacare, Tea Party, ted cruz, united healthcare

» Other plans more than happy to step in, says head of Mississippi Association of Health Plans The market’s invisible hand eventually will decide the outcome of a nearly two-month standoff between Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and Health Management Associates over provider reimbursement levels. In the meantime, executives of Mississippi’s other health care insurers will […] [...]

HMA turns down Blue Cross’ reinstatement offer to four Mississippi hospitals

JACKSON — Health Management Associates has rejected an offer from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to reinstate four of 10 HMA-owned hospitals in Mississippi into the insurer’s provider network. HMA says the terms were unacceptable. Blue Cross Blue Shield issued a news release Monday stating it would be willing to reinstate the four hospitals […] [...]

Southgroup Insurance merging with Cox and Associates

RIDGELAND — SouthGroup Insurance Services continues to grow through its recently announced proposed association with Cox and Associates in Carthage. This new alliance, which will be effective Jan. 1, 2014, gives SouthGroup, headquartered in Ridgeland, 22 branch locations across the state. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Ronald P. Tubertini, president and CEO of […] [...]

TVA recovers $42M toward $1B ash spill cleanup

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — About $42 million has been recovered in the last week by the Tennessee Valley Authority to help pay for more than $1 billion in expenses stemming from the cleanup at the 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee. The latest payment comes after an arbitrator ruled that one of […] [...]

Senators want ‘immediate relief’ from flood insurance

WASHINGTON — Twenty-four U.S. senators, including both from Mississippi and both from Louisiana, have signed a letter saying they want “immediate relief” for people facing steep rate increases for coverage in the National Flood Insurance Program. The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The rate hikes were […] [...]

CARTOON — Ricky Nobile takes on ‘Obamacare’

by Ricky Nobile Published: October 4,2013

Tags: Cartoon, health exchange, insurance, Mississippi, Obamacare

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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 […] [...]

Insurance Department files lawsuit; looks to block federal rate hikes

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Insurance filed a lawsuit yesterday against the federal government to try to block rates from increasing Oct. 1 in the National Flood Insurance Program. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said that unless something changes, some customers could see their rates rise by more than 3,000 percent because of a […] [...]

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