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Pullout by United Health would hurt competition in state’s exchange

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By JACK WEATHERLY  A bright outlook for the Mississippi insurance exchange for 2016 is threatened by the possible pullout in 2017 of its biggest insurer. The United Health Group says it may depart from all the Affordable Care Act exchanges because they are a drain on its bottom line. United Health plans to expand its coverage to all 82 counties in the ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTH INSURANCE — Affordable Care Act ‘confusing’, but businesses and individuals advised to not delay action

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By BECKY GILLETTE  Confused about what you need to do to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA)? You are not alone. Both individuals and business owners might not be fully aware of what to do, and how to do it, to prevent potential tax penalties. “What is the trickiest part is regulations have continued ...

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Settlement proposed in Pascagoula hospital pension lawsuit

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PASCAGOULA — A settlement has been proposed in a lawsuit brought by several retirees against Pascagoula’s Singing River Health System when the pension plan was almost terminated last year. Local media outlets report the agreement says the health system will contribute $142 million to the floundering pension fund between 2016 and 2051. The county would give the system $13.6 million ...

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ALAN TURNER — Caring for the baby boomer generation

Senior care executives Don Glidewell and Steve Dobbs see difficult choices ahead in caring for aging baby boomers.

By ALAN TURNER Continuing our look at the explosive growth of the health care sector in America, it’s important to consider the whole issue of senior care as it relates to the retirement and aging of the baby boom generation. In the prior segment on the future of health care, we looked at the growth of health care in the ...

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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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