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Medicaid managed care program remains controversial

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Controversy has swirled around the state’s efforts to control cost in its Medicaid program through a managed program almost since its inception. In 2013, about 22 percent of the state’s Medicaid recipients were enrolled in a managed care program where an insurance provider receives a set fee to provide medical services regardless of how ...

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ANALYSIS: Top Mississippians back private flood insurance

Mississippi’s top insurance regulator and its only Democratic congressman are both ready to cede some of the federal flood insurance market to private insurers. Both Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson say they’re open to proposals being considered in Congress that would make it possible for private insurers to enter the market in a big way. ...

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Disabled groups protest proposed Medicaid cuts

Mississippi groups that support people with disabilities are protesting plans to cut Medicaid as part of a proposed federal health care bill. The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities held protests Thursday outside the Jackson offices of U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans. Members of the coalition say they believe plans to limit future growth in Medicaid ...

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NMHS, United Health reach agreement

By MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS / Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Health Services and United Health Care have mended fences. Days before its provider participation agreement was set to expire, the Tupelo-based health system and the Minnesota-based insurer announced Friday they had signed a three-year agreement and resolved outstanding questions about more than $40 million in disputed claims. The agreement ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi back on bottom in senior health rankings

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people.    Since 1980 Mississippi’s total population increased 18.5 percent but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3 percent.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 years in 1980 to 36.5 years in 2015. Over that time, the percentage of population aged 65 and older moved from ...

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