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Pam Files cited by magazine

Senior Vice President and Employee Benefits Insurance Consultant Pam Files of Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance, Inc., a subsidiary of Trustmark, has been named one of The Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising by Employee Benefits Magazine. Files was selected from among 65 nominations in the employee benefits advising field nationwide and is the only Mississippian recognized this year. Files has ...

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Report: State third worst in Medicare waste

  By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi was the third worst state in Medicare waste per beneficiary in fiscal 2014, according to the Council for Medicare Integrity. Overpayments in Medicare parts A and B for Mississippi totaled $55,048,689.18, ranking behind only the District of Columbia, which was the worst, and Arkansas. Nationwide, hospitals accounted for $29.6 billion of a total of $46 ...

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ALAN TURNER — LUBA Workers’ Comp reaps the reward of entrepreneurial success in a tight business (with video)

I had the opportunity recently to spend some time with David Bondy, CEO of LUBA Workers’ Comp, and we discussed not only the current state of workers’ comp insurance, but other issues related to health care and business in general. Born and raised in a small town north of Baton Rouge, David said he “was the son of two LSU ...

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Pullout by United Health would hurt competition in state’s exchange

By JACK WEATHERLY  A bright outlook for the Mississippi insurance exchange for 2016 is threatened by the possible pullout in 2017 of its biggest insurer. The United Health Group says it may depart from all the Affordable Care Act exchanges because they are a drain on its bottom line. United Health plans to expand its coverage to all 82 counties in the ...

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Small businesses report premiums rising, are unaware of stiff IRS fine

By JACK WEATHERLY  Sixty-three percent of small-business owners reported higher health insurance premiums between July 2014 and July 2015, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey. Also, 16 percent of the businesses surveyed are offering – and 20 percent are considering offering — a benefit for workers that they don’t realize is outlawed by the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation ...

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Signing up for health coverage through the exchange

By JACK WEATHERLY Denise Woodcock had never seen a reason for her to have health insurance. After all, she said, “I hardly ever get sick.” Then she had to go to an emergency room about a month ago. That left her with a $13,000 medical bill – and a resolve to buy insurance. “That kind of scared me,” she said. ...

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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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