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Disabled groups protest proposed Medicaid cuts

Mississippi groups that support people with disabilities are protesting plans to cut Medicaid as part of a proposed federal health care bill. The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities held protests Thursday outside the Jackson offices of U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans. Members of the coalition say they believe plans to limit future growth in Medicaid ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Consensus perspective needed on Medicaid

Perspectives, hmmm.    “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time,” wrote Isaac Asimov. “People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”    A conservative Republican legislator, speaking about Medicaid cuts, ...

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Sole insurer in Mississippi insurance exchange faces tax credit fate

By JACK WEATHERLY All 82 Mississippi counties will have only one insurer in the federal marketplace in 2018 as things stand now. Humana will pull out at the end of this year. The premiums for Ambetter of Magnolia, the sole insurer in the state, have yet to be finalized but they present “no staggering increase,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. ...

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Chaney encourages insurance education to consumers, sellers

By ALEX JACKS Insurance proves to be one of those expenses in life that no one wants to pay for, but everyone knows they need. From car insurance to health insurance, every aspect of Mississippians’ lives can be affected by it. Due to the influence insurance plays in all walks of life, the insurance industry constantly faces challenges. According to ...

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NMHS, United Health reach agreement

By MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS / Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Health Services and United Health Care have mended fences. Days before its provider participation agreement was set to expire, the Tupelo-based health system and the Minnesota-based insurer announced Friday they had signed a three-year agreement and resolved outstanding questions about more than $40 million in disputed claims. The agreement ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi back on bottom in senior health rankings

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people.    Since 1980 Mississippi’s total population increased 18.5 percent but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3 percent.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 years in 1980 to 36.5 years in 2015. Over that time, the percentage of population aged 65 and older moved from ...

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FCCI announces new leadership in Ridgeland office

FCCI Insurance Group (FCCI), has promoted Tiffany Hawkins to regional vice president, and Trey Stone to assistant vice president in the Gulf Coast Regional office in Ridgeland. Hawkins will oversee agency relationships, underwriting, claims and risk management operations, working from the regional office in Jackson. Stone will continue to manage the Alabama office and will oversee FCCI’s state directors and ...

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Direct primary care: the doctor is in

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has been a radical departure from the traditional way of delivery of health care in the United States. It is all about insurance. So is its replacement that is being hammered out in Congress. But there is a movement afoot in the models of health-care delivery that de-emphasizes insurance. It’s ...

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Deutsch Kerrigan adds Breeden as associate

Autumn Breeden recently joined Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, a Gulf Coast insurance defense firm, as a new associate to its Gulfport office. Breeden will focus her practice on commercial litigation, professional liability, and insurance coverage matters and helping clients achieve their desired outcome by brainstorming unique solutions and approaches to their problems.

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