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Health spending a priority for local businesses

By JULIA MILLER With the dawning of November, most people’s attentions are turning toward the holidays, but for business owners, there’s the standard end-of-the-year checklist that must be addressed. From financial statements to plans for the new year, this time of the year can become a season of tying up loose ends. One thing you shouldn’t forget is health insurance ...

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Uncertainty in Mississippi before health insurance sign-up

The federal health insurance market for individuals won’t open for enrollment until Nov. 1, but regulators, insurers and those who help Mississippians find coverage are already dealing with waves of uncertainty. In the latest development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pulled out of meetings around the state organized by the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. Those meetings were ...

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More trucks, inexperienced drivers, poor roads, increase insurances costs for drivers

By NASH NUNNERY Corey Howell is all too aware that commercial vehicle insurance rates are rising at an alarming rate. The trucking industry is flourishing, what with higher freight volumes, cheaper fuel and heavy-duty truck orders.  But Howell, who works as Ridgeland sales leader for Chicago-based mega-insurance broker Hub International, says there is a downside that’s led to higher rates. ...

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Teladoc services give employees access to round-the-clock health care

By BECKY GILLETTE Anyone who had waited in a doctor’s office or emergency room for a long time either for themselves or a sick child can really appreciate the benefits of Teladoc, Inc. Not only do you avoid exposure to viruses and long wait times, but the cost is reasonable. Teladoc, Inc. is a service an employer can provide to ...

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ANALYSIS: Top Mississippians back private flood insurance

Mississippi’s top insurance regulator and its only Democratic congressman are both ready to cede some of the federal flood insurance market to private insurers. Both Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson say they’re open to proposals being considered in Congress that would make it possible for private insurers to enter the market in a big way. ...

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Sole insurer in Mississippi insurance exchange faces tax credit fate

By JACK WEATHERLY All 82 Mississippi counties will have only one insurer in the federal marketplace in 2018 as things stand now. Humana will pull out at the end of this year. The premiums for Ambetter of Magnolia, the sole insurer in the state, have yet to be finalized but they present “no staggering increase,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. ...

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Chaney encourages insurance education to consumers, sellers

By ALEX JACKS Insurance proves to be one of those expenses in life that no one wants to pay for, but everyone knows they need. From car insurance to health insurance, every aspect of Mississippians’ lives can be affected by it. Due to the influence insurance plays in all walks of life, the insurance industry constantly faces challenges. According to ...

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NMHS, United Health reach agreement

By MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS / Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Health Services and United Health Care have mended fences. Days before its provider participation agreement was set to expire, the Tupelo-based health system and the Minnesota-based insurer announced Friday they had signed a three-year agreement and resolved outstanding questions about more than $40 million in disputed claims. The agreement ...

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Direct primary care: the doctor is in

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has been a radical departure from the traditional way of delivery of health care in the United States. It is all about insurance. So is its replacement that is being hammered out in Congress. But there is a movement afoot in the models of health-care delivery that de-emphasizes insurance. It’s ...

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