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‘Obamacare’ foe tries to save expanded Medicaid in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK — Long before the state turned solidly red, Asa Hutchinson was the face of the Republican Party in Arkansas. Born in the arch-conservative hometown of Wal-Mart, the mild-mannered attorney made a bold effort to unseat a Democratic political giant, Sen. Dale Bumpers, and later as a congressman even prosecuted the impeachment case against native son President Bill Clinton. ...

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Average premiums drop in Mississippi health exchange

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Many Mississippians will be paying less for their health insurance obtained through the state’s exchange mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Two of the three insurers in Mississippi offering coverage through the federal health insurance exchange mandated by the Affordable Care Act have lowered their average premium. The enrollment period began Nov. 1 across the nation. United ...

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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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BILL CRAWFORD — Revenue cuts putting hospitals in survival mode

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A hospital CEO recently told community leaders his health system faces a financial loss this year and tough sledding in the future. In fact, a slew of changes in health care funding are turning many Mississippi hospitals from cash cows into dinosaurs. As cash cows, hospitals became economic engines for the state and their communities. A 2012 study by the Mississippi ...

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IRS drops a bomb on small employers

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» Annual tax would be $36,500 per worker for noncompliance with Obamacare By JACK WEATHERLY  Employers with fewer than 50 employees were promised a break by not having to provide group health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But now the IRS has served notice that under the rule that has been in effect since July 1 such employers are ...

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MARTY WISEMAN – Republican candidates and the Affordable Care Act: the plot thickens

With each passing day, the anticipation of the first debate among the 15 or 16 Republican presidential candidates grows more intense.  Under the Fox format only the top 10 will make onto the stage.  Where would we political junkies be without Donald Trump?  When the GOP hopefuls stormed out of the blocks one could fairly easily guess what the major ...

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Self-insurer group gets boost from Obamacare

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With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — often referred to as Obamacare — membership is growing in the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers. The association was founded in 1996 because at that time many associations in Mississippi were struggling to find workers compensation coverage. To name a few, the Mississippi Trucking Association, the Automobile Dealers Association, the Association of ...

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Chaney readies contingency plan if court rules against insurance exchanges

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The Mississippi Insurance Department has developed a proposed contingency plan  in case the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates federally run health-insurance exchanges in 36 states, including Mississippi. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday in an interview with the Mississippi Business Journal that the replacement would protect the federal tax credits that would otherwise be lost to about 100,000 Mississippians. ...

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Poll puts insurance challenger in good light, but expert says it’s flawed

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By JACK WEATHERLY  A poll commissioned by John Mosley puts him, a challenger to two-term Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, in a good light. But a political analyst said the three-question poll of 1,613 voters who are “highly likely” to vote in the Aug. 4 Republican primary is flawed. The second question is: “If you knew that Commissioner Mike Chaney supported ...

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Chaney easily outdoes challenger in campaign fundraising

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is far outstripping his challenger in campaign contributions as they head toward a Republican primary on Aug. 4. Chaney, who is seeking his third term as commissioner, reported on his May 8 form with the Secretary of State that he has received $116,425 this year, compared with John Mosley, owner of Clinton Body ...

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