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Escape rooms can be more than entertainment when used for team building

By BECKY GILLETTE The first escape rooms in Mississippi opened about two years ago, and have spread around the state. They are proving successful enough that two new escape rooms are being planned in the Jackson area, including one that will have a focus on team-building for companies. Escape rooms are a game where participants are locked into a room ...

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Health spending a priority for local businesses

By JULIA MILLER With the dawning of November, most people’s attentions are turning toward the holidays, but for business owners, there’s the standard end-of-the-year checklist that must be addressed. From financial statements to plans for the new year, this time of the year can become a season of tying up loose ends. One thing you shouldn’t forget is health insurance ...

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Uncertainty in Mississippi before health insurance sign-up

The federal health insurance market for individuals won’t open for enrollment until Nov. 1, but regulators, insurers and those who help Mississippians find coverage are already dealing with waves of uncertainty. In the latest development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pulled out of meetings around the state organized by the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. Those meetings were ...

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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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