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Woods: ‘accident’ changed my career

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT mbj@msbusiness.com Eighteen years ago, Scott Woods expected he would be president and chief executive of the Dan Bottrell Agency in Jackson for six months after the Trustmark Bank acquired the company in 1999. What he did not know was that he’d still be leading the now-expanded Fisher Brown Bottrell insurance agency in 2018. “I was sent ...

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Chaney announces promotion of Vanessa Miller to position of Insurance Department Director of Licensing

Vanessa Miller has been named Director of the Licensing Division of the Mississippi Insurance Department by Commissioner Mike Chaney. Miller has been employed with the Mississippi Insurance Department for over nine years, working in the Financial and Market Regulation Division. Miller is a Jackson native and holds a B.S. in Accounting from Mississippi College. She is an active member of ...

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Ross & Yerger announces new employees

Ross & Yerger, a privately held insurance agency in Jackson, recently added Ann Wooten and Clois R. Hill to its team. Wooten joined the agency as a Claims Account Manager. She is a native of Florida and comes to Ross & Yerger with several years of experience as a Personal Lines Account Manager. Hill joined the agency as a Commercial ...

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Flood claims specialist Lori Magnuson joins Butler Snow

Lori Magnuson has joined Butler Snow as an insurance claims specialist. Magnuson, who will be a part of both Butler Snow’s insurance defense practice and its catastrophic events and major claims team, has more than two decades of insurance and claim litigation experience. She will work from the firm’s Denver office.

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Amazon wades into health care, with JPMorgan and Berkshire

Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care “at a reasonable cost.” The leaders of each company, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Buffett, and JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, offered few details Tuesday and said that the project is in ...

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Analysis: Clash of ideology on health care regulation

A clash of ideology was on display last week in the Mississippi Legislature. On one side were free-market conservatives who want to overturn the state’s longtime system of limiting new medical facilities and services. On the other side are defenders of the current system who fear that changes could harm financially fragile parts of the state’s current health care system. ...

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Mississippians not required to be 21 to buy tobacco products

A House committee doesn’t want to require Mississippians to be 21 to buy tobacco products. The House Ways and Means Committee, on a split voice vote Wednesday, rejected House Bill 835 . The measure sponsored by Rep. Debra Butler Dixon, a Raymond Democrat, would have increased the age to buy cigarettes and other products from the current 18. States with ages above ...

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Insurance commissioner seeks more power over wind pool

Mississippi’s insurance commissioner is pushing a bill to strip a tax subsidy and authority from the state’s insurer of last resort for hurricane-prone coastal residents. Commissioner Mike Chaney says the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association, known as the “wind pool,” spends too much on backup insurance. The move would bolster his authority in his dispute with the board that runs the ...

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Medicaid up for big debates at Mississippi Capitol in 2018

Mississippi legislators in 2018 are expected to bicker over Medicaid, a government health insurance program that consumes a large portion of the state budget and covers about 1 in every 4 residents. The program comes up for a thorough review every few years, and 2018 is one of them. Legislators could discuss a wide range of issues, including managed-care contracts ...

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