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Chaney reports low participation in health exchange

JACKSON — Fewer than 150 Mississippi residents have signed up for coverage through a federally run health insurance website, the state insurance commissioner said yesterday. Mike Chaney told The Associated Press that enrollment has been slow in Mississippi, as in other states, because of problems with the website that opened Oct. 1 — www.healthcare.gov . The U.S. Department of Health ...

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Owners of assisted living facility charged with fraud, embezzlement

BOONEVILLE — A Prentiss County husband and wife have been indicted and arrested on charges of false pretense and embezzlement, Attorney General Jim Hood reports. Dirley Jones, 63, and Rita Jones, 62, of Booneville turned themselves in to authorities in Prentiss County. The arrests followed recent indictment by the Prentiss County Grand Jury on three counts felony false pretense and ...

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Judge blocks governor's attempt to force Blue Cross to pay in-network rates

JACKSON — A federal judge yesterday blocked Gov. Phil Bryant from compelling Mississippi’s largest health insurer to resume paying its in-network rate to a chain of 10 hospitals. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate read a temporary restraining order from the bench saying Bryant didn’t provide enough proof to justify an executive order he issued last week. Bryant’s executive order ...

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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 would make it resume paying ...

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Blue Cross agrees to pay in-network rates at four HMA hospitals

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Under increasing pressure from Gov. Phil Bryant and the state Insurance Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi said yesterday it would start paying in-network rates at four hospitals whose contracts the insurer had canceled. Mississippi’s largest private health insurer said it would resume higher payments to Amory’s Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center, Clarksdale’s Northwest Mississippi ...

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HMA turns down Blue Cross' reinstatement offer to four Mississippi hospitals

JACKSON — Health Management Associates has rejected an offer from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to reinstate four of 10 HMA-owned hospitals in Mississippi into the insurer’s provider network. HMA says the terms were unacceptable. Blue Cross Blue Shield issued a news release Monday stating it would be willing to reinstate the four hospitals into its network as early ...

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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 an interview with The Associated ...

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Chaney, Hood warn of insurance marketplace-related scams

JACKSON — Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and Attorney General Jim Hood are warning Mississippians to be aware of the con artists that may emerge as federal and state agencies prepare for the Federal Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace (FFM) rollout under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “We see scammers try to take advantage of such transitions, in this case hoping to ...

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Federal government gives conditional approval for SHOP

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney received conditional federal approval yesterday to run an online marketplace where businesses with 50 or fewer employees can buy health insurance, starting in January. Chaney was doing a telephone interview with The Associated Press when he received the notice from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. He said the notice is good ...

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