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Taylor signs petition to repeal healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) is a cosponsor of HR 4972, the bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the healthcare reform bill. He signed the discharge petition to bring HR 4972 to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote to repeal the bill that became law March 23. A discharge petition ...

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Healthcare reform: Good for retirees or not?

WASHINGTON — A report on the financial condition of the Medicare and Social Security programs contends the Obama administration’s sweeping healthcare overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years — an assertion that Medicare’s top numbers-cruncher disputed. The report acknowledged in its own right that the brighter outlook for Medicare assumes achievement of significant ...

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Medicare and Social Security: Prognosis — guarded

WASHINGTON — Medicare and Social Security — the foundation of a secure retirement — are facing strains from an aging population and an economy that can’t seem to get out of low gear. And despite assertions to the contrary by the Obama administration, the new healthcare law doesn’t improve Medicare’s solvency by much. As the government released its annual financial ...

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Barbour: Healthcare overhaul too expensive

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the federal healthcare overhaul will clobber small businesses with expensive mandates. The Republican spoke to hundreds of people yesterday during a meeting sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and other business groups. Several weeks ago, Barbour joined a Florida lawsuit that seeks to block the health law that President Barack Obama signed in ...

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State taking applications for federally-funded health insurance

JACKSON — Some residents of Mississippi who have not had health insurance coverage in the past due to pre-existing health conditions may now be able to acquire insurance, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. A federally-run and funded high-risk pool began taking applications July 1 for people who have not had insurance coverage for at least six previous months and ...

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Jobs bill defeat leaves massive Medicaid deficit in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The defeat of a jobs bill in the U.S. Senate last week created an almost $200-million hole in the Alabama Medicaid budget, raising the prospect that medical services for the state’s poor may be curtailed in 2011. The $1.6-billion General Fund budget passed by the state Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Bob Riley anticipated receiving $197 ...

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CVS Casemark, Walgreen settle contract dispute

NEW YORK— CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co. have settled a contract dispute that had been expected to prompt thousands of Walgreen customers to search for a new place to fill prescription drugs. Details of the deal announced today were not disclosed. Shares of both companies surged in pre-market trading. Both companies have been negotiating for months and earlier this ...

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St Dominic, UnitedHealthcare extend agreement

JACKSON — UnitedHealthcare recently renewed and extended its relationship with St. Dominic Hospital that continues the hospital system’s participation in the UnitedHealthcare network. The new agreement gives UnitedHealthcare commercial health plan and Mississippi Children’s Health Insurance Program participants continued, in-network access to St. Dominic’s healthcare services. Glen Golemi, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Gulf States Region, said, “St. Dominic Hospital is an ...

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Still no approval for state to cut Medicaid payments

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid program still hasn’t received federal permission to cut payments to doctors, dentists and other providers for the final three months of the budget year, the program’s spokesman said today. The chairman of the state Senate Public Health Committee, meanwhile, said the planned cuts for April, May and June are counterproductive. “It just further irritates the very ...

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Republicans line up against healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Democrats defended plans to push massive health care legislation through the House without a direct vote and Republicans assailed the strategy Tuesday, as both parties fenced ferociously over the health overhaul end game. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that no final decision had been made on the complex parliamentary strategy, which would allow House Democrats to pass ...

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