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 Marty Wiseman 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 Alan Turner 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

by Ted Carter Published: October 18,2013

Tags: blue cross, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi, Obamacare, Tea Party, ted cruz, united healthcare

» 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 Ted Carter 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

by Ted Carter Published: August 16,2013

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Balch & Bingham, employer mandate, Obamacare

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 […]

CRAWFORD: Towns, counties, and state face Obamacare impacts

by Bill Crawford Published: August 16,2013

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Bill Crawford, healthcare reform, Obamacare

“Municipalities challenged by Affordable Care Act,” read the headline of a story about Obamacare provisions taking affect in 2014. “There is a lot of uncertainty about what the impact is going to be,” said one insurer. “I can, at least, tell you the budgets aren’t going to go down because of it.” It appears Obamacare’s […]

(UPDATE) State health care exchange monthly rates could triple

Plan to shop for insurance on Mississippi’s new health insurance exchange come Oct. 1? Then brace for sticker shock. Regardless of age, shoppers on the state’s “Federally Facilitated Marketplace” will find health insurance premiums at least 100 percent above rates to which they have become accustomed, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. “The base rate is […]

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