(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 […]

Chaney: Rates to soar on state healthcare exchange

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 […]

Health care zone college and university criteria bill goes to governor

The list of ways to set up a Healthcare Industry Zone is likely close to growing by one. Lawmakers have passed and sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation that would allow the Mississippi Development Authority to establish the incentive-laden zones in areas where a health care facility sits within a five-mile radius of a college […]

SCOTT: A health care reform primer

Three years ago this month, one of the most significant changes in the U.S. health care system in history was signed into law. On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became a fact of life. Its opponents challenged its constitutionality and lost at the Supreme Court in June of last […]

Political acts of problematic perspicacity

Jenny says to Forrest Gump, “Are you stupid or something?” Forrest replies, “Mama says, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’” Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a state-run health insurance exchange.  Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) passed in 2010 and upheld […]

Few issues are more important for the state than healthcare

There are few issues that are more important or pressing for Mississippi businesses and consumers than the question of health care. As most of us are aware, the Magnolia State ranks far down the list in terms of the health of our population. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer — these are generally more impacting on […]

Governor says health care reform is hurting state’s economy

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says the 2010 federal health care overhaul is slowing Mississippi’s economy because business owners are confused about how much it will cost them to meet demands of the law. “The Obama administration has not done a very good job of giving companies some encouragement of investing in their corporations, expanding […]

BancorpSouth Insurance offers health care reform calculator

GULFPORT — BancorpSouth Insurance Services Inc., a subsidiary of Tupelo-based BancorpSouth Bank, has released a health care reform calculator to help clients and partners quantify the financial impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on their health plans. With this new tool, BancorpSouth Insurance Services consultants will be able to provide financial […]

Southern Bath Products attract customer senses with affordable natural products

Ever noticed that the longer the list of ingredients on a personal care product, the higher the price? And that the higher price and long list of unpronounceable names of chemicals doesn’t mean the product will actually perform as advertised? That was the experience of Southern Bath Products owner Kim Thornton, who was looking for […]

Palazzo opposes Medicaid expansion to cover health care reform

HATTIESBURG — Freshman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says Mississippi should not expand Medicaid to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul. Speaking to constituents at a luncheon in Hattiesburg, Palazzo said he agrees with Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, that the state can’t afford to expand Medicaid, even with the federal government […]

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