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Chaney disputes report; hasn't shelved insurance exchange plans

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says details for an online marketplace for Mississippians to shop for insurance policies are place and nothing further needs to be done until after the November election. A Chaney spokesman told the Associated Press on Friday that it was incorrect to suggest that plan has been placed on hold. Spokesman Joseph Ammerman said the next ...

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Ex-Rose Cancer doctor, billing agent expected to plead guilty

SUMMIT — A cancer doctor and a billing agent are expected to plead guilty today to charges related to an alleged scheme to dilute chemotherapy drugs and use old needles on multiple patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks were indicted last August on charges including conspiracy and witness tampering related to activities of Rose Cancer Center in ...

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Medicaid expansion rejection could cost Mississippi hospitals $152 million in annual losses

Under the soon-to-be-enacted Affordable Health Care Act, Mississippi hospitals lose $152 million annually in federal money to help cover the cost of treating uninsured patients. The hundreds of millions of new federal dollars Mississippi would get through an expansion of Medicaid to a quarter-million uninsured adults had been seen as the way to offset the $152 million loss. But it’s ...

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Health Department gives River Region lowest trauma level

VICKSBURG — River Region Medical Center’s emergency room rating has been dropped by the state to the lowest possible, meaning transfers of patients to other facilities might become more customary. The Mississippi State Department of Health lowered the rating from a Level III to Level IV in February, in part because of a decision not to hire a designated trauma ...

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Baptist applies for certificate of need for new hospital

OXFORD — Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi has formally asked the state to approve its new, $250 million regional medical facility to Oxford. The state of Mississippi requires a certificate of need in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and control costs. Proposals are reviewed by the Mississippi State Department of Health. The Oxford Eagle reports the ...

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Chaney moving ahead with insurance exchange despite opposition

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he’s going to keep moving forward with plans for a state-run insurance exchange, despite opposition. More than 30 tea party members yesterday attended a meeting of a committee that’s drafting recommendations to Chaney for how Mississippi’s exchange should look. They want Chaney to abandon his effort as a way of chipping away ...

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Federal judge continues to block new abortion law

JACKSON — A federal judge yesterday continued to block a state law that threatens to shut down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for women to get the procedure in the state. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III temporarily blocked the law July 1 and extended that order yesterday, though he did not say when he ...

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Federal judge schedules health care reform trial for October

JACKSON — A federal judge in Mississippi has scheduled a trial for October in a lawsuit that claims the Obama Administration’s health care law is unconstitutional. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg claims the law violates individual privacy rights by forcing citizens to disclose medical information to insurance companies when they are required to purchase policies. The government ...

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