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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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BILL CRAWFORD: Hospitals closing and healthcare for working poor becoming campaign issues

“Half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals at risk of closing, report says,” read the startling headline in Mississippi Today. “Thirty-one of Mississippi’s 64 rural hospitals, or 48 percent, are at ‘high financial risk,’ according to a national report of rural hospitals from independent consulting firm Navigant,” read the article. Perhaps even more startling was this from an article in News Mississippi: ...

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Mississippi House votes to limit landowners’ liability

Attorneys in the Mississippi House are sharply divided over a bill that could limit the liability of landowners or property managers who are sued by people harmed on their property. The House voted 74-39 Monday to pass Senate Bill 2901 , named the “Landowners Protection Act.” The vote was largely along party lines, with most Republicans supporting it and most ...

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Hub International acquires assets of Fortenberry McNamara LLC

Hub International Limited a leading global insurance brokerage, announced today it has acquired the assets of Fortenberry McNamara LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Fortenberry McNamara, a division of Executive Planning Group P.A., located in Jackson, is an employee benefits consulting company that provides insurance underwriting, employee benefits and human resource consulting. William McNamara, one of the owners ...

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Mississippi could see push-pull on Medicaid expansion

Just as the leader of Mississippi’s Medicaid program cracked open the door Monday to the idea of expanding health coverage to some of the state’s uninsured residents, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves seemed to slam it shut. Medicaid Director Drew Snyder told House Appropriations Committee members Monday that the agency continues to hear from hospitals about how many patients don’t have ...

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