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Health care mergers alter market


By LISA MONTI  It has been a summer of mergers. Kicking off the July announcements, insurer Centene Corp. agreed to buy Health Net Inc. for $6 billion in cash and stock. Then Aetna announced its intention to merge with rival Humana in a $37 billion deal. The resulting new company would have more than 33 million members. Also in July, ...

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FOCUS ON INSURANCE — Fear the deer this time of year


By BECKY GILLETTE Deer hunting season is approaching, and with it brings the most dangerous time of the year in Mississippi for deer collisions with vehicles. Probably one of the main hobbies for men in Mississippi is deer hunting, but anyone who has had his or her vehicles smashed by a collision with a deer might wish for fewer deer in ...

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State looking to Hood for guidance on same-sex benefits signups


By TED CARTER State officials are awaiting word from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on when to extend worker benefits to the same-sex spouses of state and school employees. The Department of Finance and Administration, the state agency that administers worker benefits to state and public school workers, says it needs guidance from Hood on whether to make the benefit signups ...

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Dean: USM College of Nursing needs to move into new building


HATTIESBURG — Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi, says there are 1,450 reasons why the college needs to move into its as yet unfinished new home in Asbury Hall. She says that’s how many students are currently crammed into Harkins Hall, which was built around 1975. Nugent says those cramped quarters lead ...

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Adams Co. ponders retirement fix for ex-hospital employees

NATCHEZ — Adams County supervisors are working on a solution to the problem of unpaid retirement benefits for former Natchez Regional Medical Center employees. The Natchez Democrat reports that when the county-owned hospital filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2014, one of the unsecured creditors in the filing was the Public Employees Retirement System. One proposal is for the county ...

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Education group cheers as Dems sink tax cut bill; backers say families, businesses hurt

A $555 million tax cut for Mississippi appears down for the count after Democrats decided Wednesday competing financial needs outweighed the benefits of reducing  income taxes for some brackets and cutting business and franchise taxes. The cut would have been the largest in state history, according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who had called it a timely “pay raise” for Mississippians and sent it to ...

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Bill would make only 1 hospital follow open-meetings act

JACKSON — Only one publicly owned hospital in Mississippi would be required to abide by the state open-meetings and public-records laws, under a watered-down version of a bill that passed a House committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 2407 was prompted by massive problems with the employee pension plan at Singing River Hospital in Jackson County, and that’s the only hospital remaining ...

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NMMC-Tupelo names new president

TUPELO — David Wilson, the current president of Shelby Baptist Hospital in Alabaster, Alabama, has been named president of the North Mississippi Medical Center. Wilson will begin his new job on March 30 in Tupelo. The 50-year-old Wilson is the southern market leader for the Birmingham-based Baptist Health System, a four-hospital system. Before joining Baptist in 2006, he was CEO ...

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Small-hospital aid bills fire up Medicaid debate

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-ignitingdebate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health care coverage primarily to the ...

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