State’s Medicaid enrollment growing, spurred by Affordable Care Act

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable […]

CARTOON: Mike Chaney explains Affordable Care Act

Doctors concerned about Affordable Care Act may decide to simply retire

Recent polling indicates as many as 83 percent of doctors across the country are unhappy with the Affordable Care Act and some doctors are even saying that it will result in them retiring early. In states like Mississippi with shortages of physicians, that could make a bad situation worse. There was discussion before the election […]

GOP governors on Affordable Care Act: We want guidance but White House won’t tell

In a letter to President Obama from the Republican Governors Association last week, the GOP governors congratulated Obama on his re-election but wasted no time getting to the reason for the letter: Mr. President, your Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) “will be an enormous strain on state governments and budgets.” Deadlines are a […]

Mississippi takes first steps to take part in Affordable Care Act — Move comes as Gov. Bryant continues to resist state’s full participation in health care reform

The very thing Gov. Phil Bryant had hoped not to see occurred last week: Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney submitted the state’s plan for a health insurance exchange to the federal government, moving the state closer to participation in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Chaney calls his submittal a blueprint for a free market exchange […]

Affordable Care Act’s taxing nature poorly hidden

Pepper Crutcher, a labor and employment law attorney in Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office, finished reading Chief Justice John G. Roberts’ opinion on the Affordable Care Act by mid-morning of its June 28 issuance. One clear conclusion, according to Crutcher, is that Roberts knows a tax when he sees one. Call Obamacare’s health-care mandate whatever […]

Chaney: Affordable Health Care Act for business not bad at all

The phase-in of the highly controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in 2015 as businesses make plans to comply with the provisions of the act — or pay the consequences. “It is important for businesses to prepare for this upcoming change,” said Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.  “I would suggest seeking assistance […]

Wicker introduces Making Health Care More Affordable Act

by Published: June 23,2008

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Musgrove questions costs, potential savings

MURRAY HARBER: Business leaders discuss employer health, health care reform

E mployer health costs continue to rise year after year causing it to be larger line item and concern as the costs are affecting the bottom line. Health systems and providers are also seeing increase costs due to medical inflation and the requirement of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA). All players in […]

Healthcare Marketplace to look much the same in 2015

by Published: August 29,2014

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, Obamacare

Humana and Magnolia Health will stay the course in their Mississippi health insurance marketplace exchanges in the coming year. The only change is Magnolia’s request to add a pair of counties to its coverage area. Humana has applied to continue coverage in 40 of the state’s 82 counties, including the urban counties of Hinds, Rankin, […]

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