Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

WISEMAN: And now a September to remember

by Published: September 6,2013

Tags: Congress, healthcare, Mississippi, Obamacare, Syria

Lobbyists and other government relations types who ply their trade in the nation’s capital are surely grabbing their last few moments of uninterrupted sleep for some time to come. That is because September will be a month to remember. Congress returns to town on Sept. 9th, and rarely have so many divisive issues whose solutions […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Mississippi businesses get facts on employer mandate

As a legal specialist on the Affordable Care Act, Balch & Bingham’s Pepper Crutcher has a lengthy list of advice for Mississippi businesses on the bubble for falling under the healthcare overhaul’s “employer mandate.” Atop the list: Move beyond the mountain of misconceptions about the mandate. “Typically, my first conversation is to disabuse them of […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Towns, counties, and state face Obamacare impacts

“Municipalities challenged by Affordable Care Act,” read the headline of a story about Obamacare provisions taking affect in 2014. “There is a lot of uncertainty about what the impact is going to be,” said one insurer. “I can, at least, tell you the budgets aren’t going to go down because of it.” It appears Obamacare’s […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Federal market exchange lacks health insurance providers for 36 counties

It’s well past halftime and the clock can’t be stopped as federal officials seek health insurers to cover 36 Mississippi counties before an Oct. 1 deadline for launching the state’s healthcare exchange. The Mississippi Department of Insurance is unsure what to make of a predicament it has no control over. Gov. Phil Bryant quashed Insurance […] [...]

SCOTT: A health care reform primer

Three years ago this month, one of the most significant changes in the U.S. health care system in history was signed into law. On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became a fact of life. Its opponents challenged its constitutionality and lost at the Supreme Court in June of last […] [...]

Hospital execs strike urgent note on alternatives to Medicaid expansion

The Mississippi Legislature is set to adjourn April 7 with no deal in sight on a federal offer to expand Medicaid. The ticking clock has executives of hospitals around the state worried that time will expire and hospitals and the entire health care sector will suffer the consequences, putting about 9,000 jobs at risk. Ahead […] [...]

Breaking up that old gang of mine: Bryant’s Medicaid holdout partners grow fewer

by Published: February 22,2013

Tags: Affordable Care Act, healthcare, Medicaid, Obamacare, Phil Bryant

The number of governors refusing to accept the federal offer of hundreds of millions of dollars for expanding Medicaid to their state’s working poor is dwindling, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott last Wednesday joining Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich and Michigan’s Rick Snyder in accepting the offer. More than two dozen governors continue to hold out […] [...]

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