Board hears of potential higher costs due to health care reform

PURVIS — Lamar County Board of Supervisors has received a presentation on the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act. Officials say the county could be paying 10 percent to 15 percent more because of fees and taxes associated with health care law. The Hattiesburg American reports that could mean an increase of $350,000 to […]

Town given Obamacare insurance break, but faces additional costs in 2015

SUMMIT — An insurance agent told Summit officials they will get a one-year reprieve from new regulations under the Affordable Care Act for employee health care benefits, but the mandates will likely translate into additional costs in 2015. Other small towns can likely expect to hear similar news, The Enterprise-Journal reports. Ricky Johnston of the […]

Bryant wants to give hospitals funds to offset health care reform

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act. Under the federal health care law, over a period of years the reimbursement to hospitals for treating people with no health care coverage will be reduced. The […]

MARTY WISEMAN — Obamacare: Dead or an alternative?

by Published: November 29,2013

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Politics

We are on the eve of a potentially life or death moment for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The stakes are high for the Republicans and for President Obama, who is preparing to spend the remainder of his term as the lamest of lame ducks if his signature piece of legislation totally […]

Blue Cross of Mississippi maintaining non-Obamacare compliant policies

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is not following the lead of BCBS of Alabama in cancelling health plans not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. In a statement Thursday morning, the health care insurer said it did not cancel any health plans due to the Jan. 1, 2014 PPACA requirements. “ Instead, […]

Mississippi Power’s Ed Holland is a high-energy CEO in action

by Published: October 25,2013

Tags: Business, coal, energy, Mississippi, power

In a recent meeting with Ed Holland, president and CEO of Mississippi Power, we discussed Mississippi’s energy future and how it will impact people and businesses in the Magnolia State. Ed is fairly new to the job, but he said he has “fallen in love” with Mississippi since moving here a few months ago. “I’ve […]

Blue Cross contract impasse with HMA may create opening for other insurers

» Other plans more than happy to step in, says head of Mississippi Association of Health Plans The market’s invisible hand eventually will decide the outcome of a nearly two-month standoff between Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and Health Management Associates over provider reimbursement levels. In the meantime, executives of Mississippi’s other health care insurers will […]

Bryant restates his opposition to health care reform

JACKSON — If there’s one thing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes perfectly clear, it’s this: He doesn’t like the federal health overhaul. Whether you call the law by its official name, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or by what Republican Bryant calls it, “Obamacare,” the governor says it’s too invasive and expensive. During […]

Feds: Mississippians will pay among steepest Obamacare rates in U.S.

by Published: September 27,2013

Tags: Business, health care, insurance, Mississippi

  JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation, and its residents will pay some of the highest premiums under a federally run health insurance exchange, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The federal government released information Wednesday showing the estimated cost of a mid-range plan under the exchanges created through […]

Mississippi businesses get facts on employer mandate

As a legal specialist on the Affordable Care Act, Balch & Bingham’s Pepper Crutcher has a lengthy list of advice for Mississippi businesses on the bubble for falling under the healthcare overhaul’s “employer mandate.” Atop the list: Move beyond the mountain of misconceptions about the mandate. “Typically, my first conversation is to disabuse them of […]

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