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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — FCCI: A commitment to communities and people

Recently, I talked with Tiffany Hawkins, Regional Vice President for FCCI’s Gulf Coast region, to get an overview of the company and how it has grown through the years. As one of the region’s larger commercial insurers, with over $2.4 billion in assets, FCCI works through a network of agencies that are grounded and committed to their communities and clients. ...

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Steven D. Smith elected president MASI

Steven D. Smith, President and CEO of the Mississippi Municipal Service Company, has been elected President of MASI, the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers – a statewide association that represents group self-insurers and individual self-insured employers responsible for thousands of Mississippi workers and millions in annualized premiums in both health and workers’ compensation insurance. Smith, a native Mississippian with over 25 ...

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Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi announces new leadership

Josh Smith, President of Insurance & Risk Managers in Brookhaven, was elected Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi (IIAM). Josh’s election as Chairman follows an active involvement with the association that includes serving as Vice Chairman, Chairman-Elect, as a Board and Executive Committee member, and as Young Agents Chairman. Smith is currently serving as IIAM-PAC Chairman. Smith has ...

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Telematic devices can improve safety and reduce costs of insurance

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com Technology is changing the way the insurance industry operates, with some applications including telematic devices that are used to track the safety of drivers. There is some research, including a recent academic study published in the journal Marketing Science, that shows improvements in driver safety as a result of feedback provided by telematics devices, said Andre ...

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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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