Bryant’s spokesman leaving for National Conference of State Legislatures

JACKSON — Mick Bullock, the spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant, is leaving to become communications director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Bullock joined Bryant’s staff when Bryant was state auditor and stayed to work in the Iieutenant governor’s and governor’s offices. He begins his new job Jan. 6. The NCSL, which is located […]

Bryant proclaims ‘Year of the Creative Economy’

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a yearlong celebration in 2014 to showcase Mississippi people, communities and enterprises that are moving the state’s economy forward. Bryant made the announcement yesterday with state tourism officials. He says the “Year of the Creative Economy” will bring home many well-known artists, performers and others to join the […]

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 […]

Bryant unveils budget proposal Wednesday

by Published: November 13,2013

Tags: budget, Business, economy, Mississippi, Phil Bryant

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing a state budget that would put more money into education and public safety. It also seeks to reduce the state’s use of one-time money to pay for recurring expenses. Bryant recommends spending $6.1 billion. Bryant unveiled his spending plan Wednesday for fiscal 2015, which begins July […]

CHANEY: Bryant call for hearings on BCBS premature

by Published: November 8,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, hospitals, Mississippi

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says in a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant that he thinks Bryant exceeded his authority in directing the Insurance Department to hold hearings on a reimbursement impasse between Health Management Associates and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. “I am deeply disappointed that you did not rescind Sections 1,2,3 […]

Legislators increase spending estimate; Bryant agrees

JACKSON — Top lawmakers yesterday increased the estimate of how much money Mississippi can spend on state government programs this budget year and next. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee voted to increase the revenue estimate from just under $5.1 billion to just over $5.2 billion for fiscal 2014, which ends June 30. They […]

Bryant rescinds part of executive order concerning Blue Cross/HMA fight

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is backtracking from part of an executive order he issued in a dispute between the state’s largest insurer and a hospital company. Bryant signed a document yesterday saying he is rescinding the parts of his Oct. 22 order that would have required Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to resume […]

Blue Cross going to court to block Bryant’s order

JACKSON — Mississippi’s largest health insurer is going to court with its fight against Gov. Phil Bryant and 10 Health Management Associates hospitals. U.S. District Judge District Judge Henry Wingate is scheduled to hold a hearing today on Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s lawsuit. The insurer wants to block Bryant’s executive order that […]

A promise not a threat: Gov. Bryant orders BCBS to reinstate 10 hospitals

by Published: October 25,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi, Obamacare, Tea Party

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant late Tuesday afternoon followed through on an earlier threat against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi by issuing an executive order requiring that the BCBS reinstate 10 Health Management Association hospitals as in-network providers. The order demands the reinstatement for approximately 60 days until an investigation of BCBS’s actions […]

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 […]

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