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More than half of eligible residents sign up on health exchange

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — New figures show 61,494 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a federal government website, out of more than 117,000 who were eligible. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yesterday released enrollees in each state between Oct. 1 and March 31. Ninety-four percent of Mississippians who bought coverage on the healthcare.gov website ...

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Singing River to hold Health Insurance Marketplace sign-up

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System will partner with Ambetter, the Health Insurance Marketplace provider for South Mississippi, to provide a free consultation and insurance sign-up Feb. 18 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m at the Pascagoula Senior Center. Licensed insurance agents will be on-site to assist with enrollment and answer questions. The event is open to the public. Anyone wishing to ...

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Two-dozen former IRS workers charged with theft

SOUTHAVEN — Twenty-four current and former Internal Revenue Service employees have been charged with stealing government benefits, federal prosecutors said today. The IRS employees were indicted on charges that they illegally received more than $250,000 in benefits including unemployment insurance payments, food stamps, welfare, and housing vouchers, the U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said in a news release. Prosecutors say ...

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White House rejects Chaney's health exchange plan

JACKSON — The Obama administration has rejected Mississippi’s proposal to create a state-run health insurance exchange, according to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, dealing a blow to his bid to craft an exchange despite the opposition of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Chaney, during a news conference, said he was “sorely disappointed” that the application had been denied. “The effect on ...

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Medicaid debate highlights divide in Legislature

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they’re trying to preserve the option of expanding Medicaid in the state, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose adding hundreds of thousands more people to the government health insurance for the poor. The Democrats’ votes helped kill a bill yesterday that would keep the existing Medicaid program in ...

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Survey results show divide over health insurance exchange

JACKSON — The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) says a survey has found that 51 percent of Mississippi consumers have positive views of a health insurance exchange and over 62 percent believe that the resulting expansion of private insurance would lead to economic growth. “Mississippi truly has unique challenges when it comes to health care. Our polling shows that Mississippi ...

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Druggists pushing for limits on filling insured prescriptions

JACKSON — Pharmacists want Mississippi lawmakers to force an end to limits on where people covered by certain insurance plans can get prescriptions filled. However, lobbyists for some pharmacy benefit managers say the state can’t legally regulate certain insurance plans because they’re covered by federal law. The two sides squared off Tuesday in a House Insurance Committee hearing called by ...

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PEER recommends changes to PERS administration

JACKSON — The PEER Committee has released a report on its review of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS). The scope and purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive look into the decision-making processes of the PERS board of trustees, its staff and its contractual advisors to determine whether the PERS board is positioned to manage ...

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Commissioner sends insurance exchange plan to D.C.

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has submitted the state’s plan for an insurance exchange to the federal government. Department spokesman Joseph Ammerman says Chaney sent the plan yesterday to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Chaney has steadily worked toward the creation of the online marketplace for people to buy insurance despite pressure from Gov. Phil ...

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Supervisors agree to absorb some of employees' premiums

JACKSON — Hinds County supervisors have voted 3-2 to keep the contract approved Oct. 4 with United Healthcare and its local representative, Bottrell Insurance. The new contract lowers employees’ health insurance deductible from a staggering $5,000 to a low of $500 but more than doubles their monthly premiums, from $73 for a single employee to $173. The board voted yesterday ...

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