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Average premiums drop in Mississippi health exchange

By JACK WEATHERLY  Many Mississippians will be paying less for their health insurance obtained through the state’s exchange mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Two of the three insurers in Mississippi offering coverage through the federal health insurance exchange mandated by the Affordable Care Act have lowered their average premium. The enrollment period began Nov. 1 across the nation. United ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTH INSURANCE — Affordable Care Act ‘confusing’, but businesses and individuals advised to not delay action

By BECKY GILLETTE  Confused about what you need to do to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA)? You are not alone. Both individuals and business owners might not be fully aware of what to do, and how to do it, to prevent potential tax penalties. “What is the trickiest part is regulations have continued ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTH INSURANCE — Declines in reimbursements under ACA cause great concern for future of rural hospitals in the state

By BECKY GILLETTE The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) is supposed to save the U.S. health-care system by providing adequate health care for more people, requiring people who are employed to purchase insurance, and reducing costs for the Medicaid and Medicare systems. But there is concern that declines in reimbursements for hospitals and other healthcare providers in ...

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Employers struggle with handling benefits packages in-house or out

By LISA MONTI With employees come benefits packages and with benefits come ever-changing layers of regulations handed down by government agencies. Does a business owner tap an employee to deal with administering the programs or look to hire someone outside the organization to handle it? That’s where third party administrators come to the rescue in various scenarios. Scott Moak, vice president ...

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Annual health summit attracts public, private executives

By ALAN TURNER The annual Healthcare Summit was held last week at Mississippi College.  Sponsored by Mississippi College and the Mississippi Business Group on Health, the focus revolves around “The Business of Healthcare”. As we all know, the cost of providing health-care coverage for employees is one of the fastest growing costs of doing business, in Mississippi and all other ...

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HEALTHCARE FOCUS — Breast thermal imaging an alternative for women who want radiation-free screening

By BECKY GILLETTE The effectiveness of mammograms has come under increased scrutiny in recent years because of studies that have shown about half of women aged 40 to 50 having an annual screening mammogram for ten years will have a false alarm, which leads to an estimated $4 billion per year in unnecessary follow-up testing. Another 20 percent of mammograms over ...

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PEYTON SMITH — Hired and non-owned automobile liability coverage

How many times do employees or business owners conduct a business activity while driving their own personal automobiles? Almost every business has to make deposits at the bank, pick up and drop off mail at the post office or pick up office supplies and materials for the business. Other businesses may require employees to travel out of town for meetings ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Southern Miss nursing student excels while battling breast cancer

The cancerous cells in Corey Auerswald’s body could not hold down the willpower of her spirit. The joy in Auerswald’s spirit when people see or speak to her is contagious, touching people wherever she goes. Auerswald is now in her second semester in The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program, working to complete the rigorous nurse anesthetist program. She hopes ...

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