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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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Insurance experts watching for new rules

Insurance experts are watching Washington to see how new rules on health insurance will affect premiums and plans available to consumers on and off the exchanges. “The prognosis is that the (Affordable Care Act) market is not collapsing, but it’s not a bed of roses,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute during a briefing ...

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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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