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BILL CRAWFORD — Conservative Foster pushing for Medicaid reform

Successful DeSoto County small businessman Robert Foster is one of the more conservative members of the Mississippi Legislature, e.g. the American Conservative Union gave him a 95% “conservative” rating in 2018. Serving his first term as a state representative, Foster decided not to seek re-election but put his name on the ballot for governor. He said his experience these four ...

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Mississippi city no longer provides worker health insurance

Employee of the Mississippi city of Lumberton have been working without employer-provided health insurance for about three months. Mayor Quincy Rogers tells WDAM-TV that the insurance was cut was due to financial issues and saved the city about $140,000. The nature or cause of the financial issues is unclear. The station says workers were promised raises to help compensate them ...

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Mooney a 2018 President’s Award winner for Liberty Mutual Insurance

Jay Mooney, business insurance senior territory manager for Mississippi, has been announced as a 2018 President’s Award winner representing the Southeast Region. He was a 2013 President’s Award recipient as well. Mooney graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration. He is on the Board of Directors for the Boys ...

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ALAN TURNER — Southern Farm Bureau: An award-winning workplace

Recently, I visited with Matt Gin, Manager of Corporate Training and Communications for Southern Farm Bureau, and learned about a coveted award that SFBLI recently won. Matt is a native of Jackson and holds a degree in communications from Ole Miss. He’s been with SFBLI since 2008, having previously worked with the Memphis Red Birds. Southern Farm Bureau is one ...

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Medicaid reform: Will GOP embrace expansion by another name?

Call it Medicaid reform, not Medicaid expansion. That’s part of the Mississippi Hospital Association’s latest effort to get Republicans to accept federal money and provide health insurance to now-uninsured adults. The association on Monday unveiled a plan it calls Mississippi Cares. By combining payments from people who get coverage and hospitals, the association says Mississippi can avoid spending any of ...

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Businesses need to be careful deciding which workers need workers’ comp coverage

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com It has been estimated that by 2020, about 40 percent of American workers will independent contractors. That could have important considerations for businesses when deciding which employees need to be covered by workers’ comp. Just because someone works remotely for a business, for example, doesn’t necessarily mean the business doesn’t need to provide workers’ comp coverage. ...

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Pyron Group adds 2 insurance professionals

Pyron Group Insurance announced the hiring of Lauren Smith and David Dye who join its Jackson team as associate agents. Lauren is a Long Beach native who attended College of Charleston, S.C., before relocating to New Orleans. She has training and sales experience in regional retail business management and real estate sales. Jackson native David Dye is a graduate of ...

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ALAN TURNER — BCI: Keeping a sharp eye on the future of technology

Recently, I talked with Jonathan Hollingshead, President of BCI, a technology firm headquartered in Ridgeland. We talked about the accelerating pace of technology in Mississippi and in the U.S. in general, and he offered some interesting insights on what the coming years will bring. Jonathan became president of BCI in February 2018, having previously worked for the company from 2011-2013. ...

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Climate change and changing weather patterns could impact insurance rates

By BECKY GILLETTE Issues like climate change and shifting weather patterns can have a big impact on how property insurance rates are calculated, said Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who is also the chair of the Catastrophic Working Group for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The nation is seeing more frequent and severe natural disasters, with the number ...

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