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Chaney: New building codes law could save lives, money

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney believes Mississippi’s citizens can have more confidence in the strength and resilience of their new homes and also potentially save money on insurance premiums with the signing of Senate Bill 2378, creating mandatory statewide building codes, if local leaders decide to operate under the new law. A mandatory statewide building code has been ...

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LUBA partnering with policy holders for workers' safety

Even in the best workplaces accidents can happen. That’s why employers have workers’ compensation coverage. LUBA Workers’ Comp not only provides that coverage but also partners with employers to promote workplace safety. Formed in Louisiana in 1991, LUBA began writing policies in Mississippi and Arkansas in 2009. That expansion transformed the company into a regional workers’ comp insurer, and it’s ...

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Obese employees a great risk for workers’ compensation claims than older workers

With the average age of American workers increasing, there have been concerns that more older workers could result in higher workers’ compensation claims. But the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has found that is not true. Liles Williams, chairman, Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, attends the NCCI annual meeting almost every year. “A couple years ago, NCCI was saying the ...

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How important are benefits … to the employee and employer?

Employers still rely on an attractive benefits packages to help them fill vacancies but a new generation of employees and the recent economic downturn have changed the way benefits are looked at these days. “Good benefits and insurance continue to be a big draw when it comes to attracting employees,” said Cindy Webb, director of human resources at Mississippi Power. ...

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Managed care saving Medicaid money

» Executive director says enrolling recipients has saved the state about $40 million By BOBBY HARRISON   Medicaid executive director David Dzielak says enrolling Mississippi Medicaid recipients in managed care has saved the state about $40 million. To increase those annual savings, Dzielak said recently the Legislature will have to remove the restrictions on the managed care program. The Medicaid budget ...

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Commercial insurance market is stable and growing

The overall state of the commercial insurance market in Mississippi is stable and growing, according to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. One market trend Chaney sees is increases in the commercial auto and workers compensation rates. “That is due to the fact that we are coming out of a soft market,” he said. Insurance executives are focused on two looming ...

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Coastal home insurance scene expensive, but improving 8 years after Hurricane Katrina

The cost of insurance continues to be a common lament among homeowners in the state’s three coastal counties. As more insurance companies write coverage in Mississippi, will competition cause costs to decrease? Should anyone contemplating the purchase of a home buy now before insurance prices increase more? State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney isn’t dispensing advice on what individuals should or ...

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Recruitment pays off for Tupelo hospital

TUPELO — Rodger Brown, vice president for human resources, North Mississippi Health Services, is proud to head up HR for an organization with 6,200 employees that is one of the top three largest private sector employers in the state. He is even more proud of the crowning achievement of NMHS in winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards in 2012. ...

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SouthGroup builds on legacy as state's largest private insurance agency

The folks at SouthGroup Insurance Services are fond of a saying that sums up the company’s complex beginnings. “We like to say we’re an 11-year-old company with a 115-year history,” said Ronnie Tubertini, president and CEO. Tubertini was one of the founders of SouthGroup, which was formed Jan. 1, 2002, when 12 “successful, old and respected agencies” from across Mississippi ...

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