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Health insurance exchange coverage to thin out for 2017

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By JACK WEATHERLY Sixty-six of Mississippi’s 82 counties will have only one health insurer participating in the Federal Insurance Exchange next year because of the pullout of UnitedHealthcare, according to the Mississippi Insurance Department. UnitedHealthcare made a bold commitment for 2016 with coverage offered in all 82 counties,giving all residents at least two choices of insurers, and residents in 32 ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTH INSURANCE — Declines in reimbursements under ACA cause great concern for future of rural hospitals in the state

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By BECKY GILLETTE The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) is supposed to save the U.S. health-care system by providing adequate health care for more people, requiring people who are employed to purchase insurance, and reducing costs for the Medicaid and Medicare systems. But there is concern that declines in reimbursements for hospitals and other healthcare providers in ...

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Three insurers selling in state on health care reform website

JACKSON — Three companies are now selling health insurance in Mississippi through a federal website created under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law. That’s up from two in the state last year. A three-month annual enrollment period started Saturday for consumers seeking coverage through the online marketplace, or health exchange. It’s an option for those who ...

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Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid

JACKSON — Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said yesterday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation. If the state were to extend Medicaid, as allowed under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law, many low-wage workers ...

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State's Medicaid enrollment growing, spurred by Affordable Care Act

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable Care Act, administrators are now ...

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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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State's health care exchange enrollment lags

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — New figures show 25,554 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a website run by the federal government. That’s far short of the original estimate of 46,400 for the first five months. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week released state-by-state health coverage enrollment figures for October through February. Sixty-one percent ...

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Delta city to cover workers' insurance rate increase

LELAND — The city of Leland will cover increases in health insurance for its employees. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the city this week renewed its group health care plan with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. The city’s insurance consultant, Willie Lawton, told the board of aldermen new benefits under the Affordable Care Act and a 5 ...

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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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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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