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ALAN TURNER — Adding up the benefits of healthy workplaces

There are many reasons why employers should adopt and support workplace wellness programs for their employees, but for our purposes, let’s consider just two of these. First, workplace wellness programs make major contributions to the health and happiness of employees and their families, and in many cases, have actually saved lives. More on this later in this article. Second, workplace ...

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Gulf Coast seeing positive movement regarding hurricane insurance rates

By BECKY GILLETTE For many years after Hurricane Katrina, the high cost of insurance was a drag on the Mississippi Gulf Coast home sales market. The summer of 2017 was tough for hurricanes, even though only one hit Mississippi. Category one Hurricane Nate caused some water damage, but no lives were lost. But despite this past year’s active hurricane season, ...

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INSURANCE — Preparations important for home owners and businesses

By BECKY GILLETTE Hurricane season started June 1 and wherever you live in the coastal area, it is important to have a plan, said Earl Ethridge, director of emergency services for Jackson County. Plan where you will go in the event of a hurricane, and what you need to take especially medicine, cash and insurance information. “We don’t recommend anybody ...

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Where are the millennials of insurance? Ole Miss teams with industry executives to replenish ranks as boomers retire

By TED CARTER The prospect of calamities has kept insurance executives from sleeping easy since way back in the 1300s when enterprising Genoans began insuring ships and cargo. Nowadays, insurance execs are trying to head off a modern-day calamity of not having new blood to carry the industry forward as baby boomers retire from the field in droves. Their efforts ...

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RIBBON CUTTING: Shelter Insurance – Corinth

The Alliance recently helped celebrate the grand opening of Shelter Insurance – Ben Ferrell, 806 S. Parkway in Corinth, with a red ribbon ceremony. Ben Ferrell, Agency Manager, cut the ribbon along with staff, family and friends. Mayor Tommy Irwin assisted, along with other city and county officials and The Alliance Ambassadors.  

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LAW ELEVATED — Blue Cross policy dispute battle revisited

In terms of governmental policy disputes, the 2013 battle between a private hospital chain, Health Management Associates, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, was epic in proportions. What began as a contract dispute between two major corporations quickly escalated, eventually involving the governor, the commissioner of insurance, the attorney general, the Legislature, and a federal district court. The ...

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Michael Crews honored as top Shelter Life Insurance agency

Michael Crews, Shelter Insurance® agent at Brandon, Mississippi, has been honored among the top Shelter agencies, based on life insurance operations during 2017. Crews has received the Life Star Award. The award is presented to the top 10 Shelter Insurance® agencies demonstrating the highest overall excellence in life insurance production and service during 2017. Crews also qualified for Shelter’s Conference ...

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University hospital to drop top Mississippi private insurer

Mississippi’s largest hospital says it will stop accepting policies from the state’s largest private insurer, citing contract dissatisfaction. The University of Mississippi Medical Center tells Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi that it will stop accepting policies after June 30. The medical center has hospitals in Jackson, Grenada and Lexington. It says it can no longer abide a contract ...

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