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BILL CRAWFORD: Who cares about health care in Mississippi?

Mississippi finishes last – again – among all states in annual health ranking,” read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual ‘America’s Health Rankings’ released by the United Health Foundation,” continued the story. “As one of the nation’s poorest states, Mississippi has a legacy of poor ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Mississippi’s Health Care Collaboration Act is good medicine

Say what you will about Mississippi’s government, our state Capitol building is an impressive structure. Even in the midst of a $8.7 million renovation, walking through the ground floor of the Capitol and looking up through the second floor opening into the dome far above, one gets the distinct impression that this is a thing that the state most certainly ...

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ALAN TURNER: Clouding the real issues in health care

After the hullabaloo in Congress over the effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, it still seems obvious that the real and underlying issues surrounding health care in America are somehow not coming to the forefront. Here are a few basics: 1) We all want quality health care; 2) We all want to live longer and healthier lives; ...

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As workplace changes, some firms re-examine bereavement policies

One of the most difficult passages in life is losing a family member. While most companies give employees three days off to grieve the loss of an immediate family member, recently Facebook decided to offer up to 20 days paid leave to grieve the loss of an immediate family member and up to 10 days leave after the death of ...

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JSU program swap raises for skill training

Middle management public and non-profit organization employees who want to improve their skills and opportunities for advancement might normally find it difficult to find continuing education that will zero in on the issues and challenges they face on a daily basis. That is why Jackson State University’s Institute of Government’s (IOG) Public Management and Leadership (PML) Certificate Program has been ...

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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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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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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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Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm

A unanimous Supreme Court has upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by State Farm that the whistleblower case against the insurer should have been dismissed because its existence was leaked while it was supposed to be secret. Justice Anthony ...

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