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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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BCBS 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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Balch & Bingham beefs up to add new law practice areas

Birmingham-based law firm Balch & Bingham has added 13 associates to its roster of more than 250 attorneys and lobbyists in the Southeast and Washington, D.C., including additional attorneys in the Jackson and Gulfport offices. Alan Rogers, managing partner of the 91-year-old firm, said the staffing increase is part of a move to establish several new practice areas. “Most recently, ...

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

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 never lived any place where ...

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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 have their eyes on new ...

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