Senators file amicus brief challenging health care reform

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are among 43 Senators who have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a multi-state legal challenge to a federal mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. The amicus brief was filed with the Supreme Court Monday in support […]

Contractor admits guilt to aiding, abetting embezzlement

OXFORD — A building contractor pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in a kickback scheme involving the South Delta Regional Housing Authority, which promotes affordable housing for the poor in the impoverished Mississippi Delta. Court records show Jimmy Johnson pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Oxford to aiding and abetting embezzlement. Johnson and housing agency […]

Craft helping to give more choice with healthcare reform

While some states have balked at setting up a health insurance exchange (HIE) that is part of the healthcare reforms, in Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has supported an exchange designed to make it easier for people to shop online for health insurance policies before it was made part of health care reform legislation. Since 2007 […]

Healthcare changes are a-coming

by Published: October 9,2011

Tags: healthcare, Ike Trotter, MBJ column

Unless reversed through some miraculous political turn of events in the coming days, the era of Obamacare is getting closer at hand. Like it or not, here are a few major and minor adjustments to keep you abreast of what is in store for not only 2012, but 2013 and 2014, as well. And if […]

Senators join legal brief to overturn healthcare reform

by Published: May 15,2011

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are among 44 Republican Senators who this week jointly filed a legal brief in support of a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law enacted last year. The Mississippi lawmakers are part of an amicus brief filed May 11 with the […]

Finding affordable health insurance

The Affordable Health Care Act is laden with provisions to help consumers with their insurance until 2014 By Tim Turner – contributor Michael Story can’t tell you what impact healthcare reform will have on the future of the insurance industry in Mississippi. All he knows is that because of measures it already has in place, […]

Cochran co-sponsors bill to kill healthcare reform provision

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) voted to repeal a section of the year-old healthcare reform law that would have required businesses, local governments, churches and charities to file Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 1099 forms for transactions totaling more than $600 a year. The Senate voted 87-12 April 5 to fully repeal the IRS […]

The Financial impact of healthcare reform on construction firms

by Published: November 14,2010

Tags: opinion, Wes Winborne

How will construction firms absorb the financial impact of healthcare reform? The answer is complicated, multi-faceted and must be understood in order to properly plan for the effects the legislation will have on construction businesses.  The alternative is a financial strain that, if not planned for properly, can shut down a small business. While not […]

Calif. first to OK insurance exchange per health care reform

by Published: October 18,2010

Tags: California, exchange plans, health care reform, medical

State exchange plans must be approved by Jan. 1, 2013 Source: amednews.com WASHINGTON — California has become the first state to create a health insurance marketplace as envisioned under the national health reform law. “Every state is going to have to have some sort of legislative action on this,” said Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, […]

Obama to push benefits of health care reform

by Published: September 22,2010

Tags: elections, healthcare, healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they’d be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted “no.” Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law’s six-month anniversary to reintroduce it […]

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