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HMA pleased with Blue Cross reinstatement of 4 hospitals but bemoans continued ‘squeeze’

October 15, 2013

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Health Management Associates executives Tuesday welcomed Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s offer to reinstate in-network provider status to four HMA hospitals but say the contractual impasse still leaves some Mississippi communities facing a medical provider crisis. Late Monday afternoon, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi gave notice it is willing to reinstate […]

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Our View: Center for Justice and Women’s Fund — 10 years of making a better Mississippi

October 11, 2013

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  The Mississippi Center for Justice and the Women’s Fund of Mississippi launched 10 years ago this year with missions so daunting they could have left the leadership of both organizations wondering “Where do we start?” The answer for the pair of fledgling non-profits was to simply put one foot in front of the other […]

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Time running out for Obamacare exchange fixes

October 11, 2013

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Autumn coolness may have arrived in Washington D.C. but the heat is on big time for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to fix the many, many bugs in the new Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, Time magazine reports. They have one month. If the officials running the new Affordable Care Act insurance […]

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Event looks to put businesses in vacant downtown buildings

October 10, 2013

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Two economic development organizations and a public university have teamed up for an event aimed at matching businesses with available sites in Natchez. On Nov. 9, “Possibilities Tour: Turning Deserted Spaces into Dynamic Places” will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Natchez, and will showcase 12 vacant buildings on Main and Franklin streets […]

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Mississippi beats all neighbors except Tennessee on Business Climate Index

October 9, 2013

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Mississippi ranks 17th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index ahead of all other Southeastern states other than Florida (5) and Tennessee (15). Mississippi carried the same ranking last year and had an 18th ranking in 2011. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that affect business: corporate taxes, individual […]

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Health plans group CEO sees momentum growing for state control of insurance exchange

October 8, 2013

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CLINTON, Mississippi — The CEO of the Mississippi Association of Health Plans says it is likely that state lawmakers will try to shift Mississippi’s health insurance exchange away from federal control to state control within a year. Jeff Drozda, a former United Health Care lobbyist and six-year member of the Indiana Senate, said momentum is […]

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Businessweek: Debt default will bring economic calamity, new depression

October 7, 2013

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Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever […]

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The business license cop is on patrol

October 7, 2013

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If you’re a business owner in the city of Natchez, watch out. The business license cop is on his way. The city has entered into a contract with retired law enforcement officer George Rutherford, who has been charged with checking every business in Natchez to make sure they have a valid license. The Natchez Democrat […]

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State auditor cites alarming operational failures in school districts

October 4, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi — More than one in three Mississippi public school districts failed to account for all of the students reported as enrolled in schools in their districts, the Office of the State Auditor said in a report released Friday that said many districts failed to live up to many of their responsibilities. In one […]

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UPDATED: Brandon’s Thrash mulls accepting $33.4 million contract to build state’s museums

October 3, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Brandon’s Thrash Commercial Contractors Inc. has snagged the contract to build the first phase of the Mississippi History Museum and Civil Rights Museum. Thrash, a longtime Central Mississippi construction contracting company that switched exclusively to commercial building in 2000, won the contract with an apparent low bid of $33.4 million. Thrash was […]

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