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More trucks, inexperienced drivers, poor roads, increase insurances costs for drivers

By NASH NUNNERY Corey Howell is all too aware that commercial vehicle insurance rates are rising at an alarming rate. The trucking industry is flourishing, what with higher freight volumes, cheaper fuel and heavy-duty truck orders.  But Howell, who works as Ridgeland sales leader for Chicago-based mega-insurance broker Hub International, says there is a downside that’s led to higher rates. ...

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Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi announces new leadership

Cecil Vaughan of Galloway Chandler McKinney Insurance Agency in Columbus was recently elected Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi (IIAM) at its 119th annual Convention in Destin, Fla. Vaughan has previously been Vice-Chairman, Chairman-Elect, and a Board and Executive Committee member for the association. Vaughan is a partner/producer for Galloway Chandler McKinney Insurance where he has worked for ...

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Ross & Yerger names Michael Addison newest Shareholder

Ross & Yerger insurance agency has named Michael Addison as its newest company shareholder. Addison is a producer who joined the company in 2014. He provides risk management, insurance and bonding services, with a focus in construction and manufacturing industries. Addison graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor in Business Administration. Additionally, he is an Accredited Adviser in ...

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Medicaid managed care contracts pending review by state board

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Division of Medicaid, at the behest of Gov. Phil Bryant, is asking the Personal Service Contract Review Board to review the managed care contracts it awarded earlier this summer. A coalition of Mississippi hospitals, which formed its own managed care company and tried unsuccessfully to win a contract with the Division of ...

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Medicaid managed care program remains controversial

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Controversy has swirled around the state’s efforts to control cost in its Medicaid program through a managed program almost since its inception. In 2013, about 22 percent of the state’s Medicaid recipients were enrolled in a managed care program where an insurance provider receives a set fee to provide medical services regardless of how ...

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ANALYSIS: Top Mississippians back private flood insurance

Mississippi’s top insurance regulator and its only Democratic congressman are both ready to cede some of the federal flood insurance market to private insurers. Both Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson say they’re open to proposals being considered in Congress that would make it possible for private insurers to enter the market in a big way. ...

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Disabled groups protest proposed Medicaid cuts

Mississippi groups that support people with disabilities are protesting plans to cut Medicaid as part of a proposed federal health care bill. The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities held protests Thursday outside the Jackson offices of U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans. Members of the coalition say they believe plans to limit future growth in Medicaid ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Consensus perspective needed on Medicaid

Perspectives, hmmm.    “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time,” wrote Isaac Asimov. “People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”    A conservative Republican legislator, speaking about Medicaid cuts, ...

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Sole insurer in Mississippi insurance exchange faces tax credit fate

By JACK WEATHERLY All 82 Mississippi counties will have only one insurer in the federal marketplace in 2018 as things stand now. Humana will pull out at the end of this year. The premiums for Ambetter of Magnolia, the sole insurer in the state, have yet to be finalized but they present “no staggering increase,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. ...

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