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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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Weather has MEC's annual Hobnob Mississippi moving to the Mississippi Coliseum

JACKSON — Because of inclement weather conditions expected on Thursday, the Mississippi Economic Council’s 12th Annual Hobnob Mississippi will be held at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. “The good news is The Coliseum floor footprint is actually even a little larger than our tent — and there is still plenty of room in the wings for those who want to ...

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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 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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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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Insurance Department files lawsuit; looks to block federal rate hikes

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Insurance filed a lawsuit yesterday against the federal government to try to block rates from increasing Oct. 1 in the National Flood Insurance Program. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said that unless something changes, some customers could see their rates rise by more than 3,000 percent because of a 2012 federal law. “Today, many ...

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Contract or not, HMA treating Blue Cross Blue Shield patients as ‘in-network’

Having lost their contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi with its expiration last week, 10 Mississippi hospitals owned by Health Management Associates will continue charging Blue Cross Blue Shield patients the same fees specified in the contract. On one hand, such health care providers as Central Mississippi Medical Center, River Oaks Hospital in Brandon and Biloxi Regional Medical ...

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State applies for SHOP insurance marketplace

JACKSON — On Aug. 28, the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations that will now allow states to apply to operate a state-based free market Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace. “Mississippi is in a position to begin operation of a free market SHOP marketplace in the first quarter of 2014,” Commissioner of Insurance Mike ...

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