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GREGG HARPER — Obamacare is officially on life support

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” President Obama made those promises on multiple occasions while trying to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. We now know that neither of these statements turned out to be true. Obamacare has done ...

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Another record amount given to Children’s Hospital

The charity of the Sanderson Farms PGA Championship donated yet another record amount to Friends of Children’s Hospital. A check for $1.125 million was presented to Friends on Tuesday. The amount surpassed the $1.11 million given last year to the fund-raising organization that supports Batson Children’s Hospital. In 2015, the tourney passed along $1.1 million. The donations go toward a ...

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Upon turning 50, USM’s Nursing College moves to state-of-the-art home

By TED CARTER The opening of University of Southern Mississippi’s Asbury Hall for classes Jan. 17 gives USM a leading role in a strategy by which Mississippi has more than doubled its nursing school graduates since the start of the previous decade. USM’s college of Nursing already accounts for 23.55 percent of nursing baccalaureate degrees awarded in the state, followed by ...

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Tupelo hospital, insurer reach temporary accord

By BOBBY HARRISON  A temporary agreement has been reached to ensure that  people covered through United HealthCare can continue to receive medical care at Tupelo-based North Mississippi Medical Center and its affiliates. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney announced the temporary agreement Thursday. He said it impacts more than 50,000 policy holders. In October, North Mississippi Medical Center announced that  it ...

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Health care laundry to create 50 more jobs

Crown Health Care Laundry Services is investing $800,000 and creating 50 more jobs in Columbia. Crown Health Care announced in April 2013 a $12 million investment and the initial creation of 150 jobs. Crown Health now employs 200. The additional 50 jobs are expected to be created over three years. The Mississippi Development Authority provided a $57,000 grant for equipment installation. In 2013, ...

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Water ban lifted after Corpus Christi chemical contamination

By JACK WEATHERLY A water ban was lifted in Corpus Christi, Texas on Sunday as officials seek to determine what caused the leak of a chemical last week from a plant operated in part by Flowood-based Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions. The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Environmental Quality Commission said in a Sunday release that none of 28 ...

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Forrest General market awards include Best in Show

Forrest General’s Marketing and Communications Department was honored recently with several awards at the Mississippi Hospital Association’s 29th Annual Maggie Awards ceremony, including Best In Show Electronic Media. Forrest General received a Maggie Award and the Best in Show Electronic Media designation for a video promoting Heart Month. The video, which featured members of the Sweetea Club, encouraged viewers to ...

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Record number of signings in Mississippi for endangered Obamacare

By JACK WEATHERLY A record number of Mississippians have signed up for health insurance through the federal exchange, deadline for which is Thursday for those who want coverage starting Jan. 1. Those who sign up or make changes during open enrollment after Dec. 15 but by Jan. 31 will get that coverage starting March 1. Meantime, the Trump administration vows ...

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Medical license panel continues discussion of physician sex abuse

By JACK WEATHERLY  A committee of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure talked briefly on Dec. 7 about possible legislation addressing sexual abuse of patients by physicians. The Rules and Regulations Committee took up the matter at the end of the three-hour meeting. It had been referred unanimously to the committee by the full board on Monday. Major Gen. (ret.) ...

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Medical license panel continues discussion of physician sex abuse

By JACK WEATHERLY A committee of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure talked briefly on Wednesday about possible legislation addressing sexual abuse of patients by physicians. The Rules and Regulations Committee took up the matter at the end of the three-hour meeting. It had been referred unanimously to the committee by the full board on Monday. Major Gen. (ret.) Erik Hearon ...

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