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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 the US health system including ...

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Healthcare Marketplace to look much the same in 2015

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, Madison and DeSoto. Humana initially ...

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Event to look at 'The Road Ahead' for manufacturing sector

STARKVILLE — Furniture-industry experts, as well as government officials, will examine “The Road Ahead” at Mississippi State University’s 2014 Manufacturing Summit. The fourth-annual summit, to be held April 23, will feature Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for the 11:15 a.m. keynote address. All activities will be held at MSU’s Hassell H. Franklin Furniture Institute, located at the intersection of Blackjack Road ...

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ALAN TURNER: Healthcare taking a toll on business

T he ongoing level of turmoil in the health care world is beginning to take a toll on business in Mississippi, and throughout the United States. The primary culprit in this scenario appears to be anxiety, i.e., a general fear and uncertainty about the long-term impact on businesses and employees. From a business point of view, there is trepidation over ...

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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 $400,000 in 2014-15 for the ...

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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 Oakes & Johnston Agency says ...

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Leaders react to former Gov. Allain's death; family issues statement

Reactions have come from some Mississippi leaders, both Democrat and Republican, to the death of former Gov. Bill Allain: • Democrat William Winter, who was governor from January 1980 to January 1984, when Allain was attorney general and just before Allain was governor: “His legacy will be those reforms he successfully implemented in separating the authority of the Legislature from ...

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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 intent of the Affordable Care ...

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MARTY WISEMAN — Obamacare: Dead or an alternative?

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 collapses. Based on the latest ...

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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, we have renewed coverage for ...

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