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Blue Cross contract impasse with HMA may create opening for other insurers

» Other plans more than happy to step in, says head of Mississippi Association of Health Plans The market’s invisible hand eventually will decide the outcome of a nearly two-month standoff between Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and Health Management Associates over provider reimbursement levels. In the meantime, executives of Mississippi’s other health care insurers will have their eyes on new ...

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Rejection of Blue Cross offer to reinstate 4 hospitals as in-network hardens HMA impasse

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi reacted with puzzlement to Health Management Associates rejection Wednesday of the insurers’ offer to reinstate in-network provider status to four HMA hospitals. HMA said Wednesday it could not accept terms that included pre-certification for in-patient admissions of Blue Cross policyholders. Blue Cross said it found that objection surprising since the pre-cert condition is ...

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State’s Medicaid refusal puts 1 of 3 poor Mississippians into Obamacare coverage gap

Nearly one-third of Mississippians poor will fall into the “coverage gap” created by Mississippi and 25 other states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health News reports the study concluded that about 5.2 million poor, uninsured adults will fall into the coverage ...

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Bryant restates his opposition to health care reform

JACKSON — If there’s one thing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes perfectly clear, it’s this: He doesn’t like the federal health overhaul. Whether you call the law by its official name, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or by what Republican Bryant calls it, “Obamacare,” the governor says it’s too invasive and expensive. During an interview with The Associated ...

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Shutdown gives Obama unlikely ally: big business

The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — Business leaders are taking sides with Democratic President Barack Obama after failing to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown. Obama, whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed, is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wall Street CEOs ...

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Humana representative reacts to health exchange marketplace

Mitch Lubitz, Media Relations Leader for Humana contacted the Mississippi Business Journal with the following statement about the health exchange. His comments are below:    As you know, the Health Insurance Marketplace opened today and Humana.com has an online listing of our on- and off-exchange individual health insurance plan offerings in Mississippi and the 13 other states where Humana is participating ...

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Hospital system expects millions in losses from federal cuts

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest Health hospital system is expecting its first red ink since 2007. The projected $2.5 million loss for fiscal 2014 is from federal cuts, including payments for uninsured patients, CEO Evan Dillard told The Hattiesburg American. Forrest General alone is expected to lose $3.7 in such “disproportionate share” payments, he said in an email. Across the city, ...

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WISEMAN: And now a September to remember

Lobbyists and other government relations types who ply their trade in the nation’s capital are surely grabbing their last few moments of uninterrupted sleep for some time to come. That is because September will be a month to remember. Congress returns to town on Sept. 9th, and rarely have so many divisive issues whose solutions are mandatory awaited its attention. ...

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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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