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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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MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS SHOWCASE — Can a business be big and yet maintain the “personal touch”? United Healthcare says yes

In a recent conversation with Joseph Ochipinti, CEO for the Gulf States Region of United Healthcare, we talked about of health care in the United States. Joseph was named CEO of the Gulf States Region in 2016, and he oversees United’s operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. In total, the company serves over 1.8 million members in those states, and ...

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LUBA Workers’ Comp receives “A- Excellent” A.M. Best rating for 14 consecutive years

A.M. Best has affirmed the “A- Excellent” rating for the financial strength of LUBA Workers’ Comp, a regional casualty insurance company. The company has been rated “A- Excellent” since LUBA’s first rating in 2003. Founded in 1889, A.M. Best is the world’s oldest insurance rating and information service. LUBA’s “A- Excellent” rating reflects its “disciplined underwriting and focus on risk ...

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Ross & Yerger Included In Best Practices Study

Ross & Yerger Insurance, Inc. has retained its Best Practices status by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Best Practices Study group. The annual survey and Study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the best agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices. The agencies in the study groups are selected every ...

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LUBA Workers’ Comp names Russell Michiels as Claims Manager

LUBA Workers’ Comp has named Russell Michiels as manager of its claims department. In his new role, Michiels will oversee all claims operations and medical bill reviews, ensure compliance with state and federal insurance regulations and assist with securing the company’s catastrophic reinsurance coverage. Michiels has been with LUBA since 2007 and has over 27 years of experience in the ...

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Ross & Yerger names Marcus Burger newest Shareholder

Ross & Yerger has named Marcus Burger as its newest shareholder. Burger is a licensed producer who joined the company in May 2014. Marcus focuses on assisting municipalities, education systems and nonprofit organizations find risk management solutions and control healthcare cost. Burger graduated from Hampton University in Hampton, VA with a Bachelor in Mathematics and a Master of Science Degree ...

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