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Jackson Association of Health Underwriters announces president

The Jackson Association of Health Underwriters has installed Elizabeth Craig as President for the 2019-20 Association Year. JAHU was formed in the early 1980’s and represents hundreds of Agents and Agencies all across the Jackson Metro area and beyond. Elizabeth has been an active member of JAHU and served as the Vice President for the 2018-2019 Association Year before taking ...

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Eugene Starks named Vice President of NAHU

Jackson resident Eugene Starks was named Vice President of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Board of Trustees. Starks works as a Partner with Benefit Administration Services Ltd., an employee benefits TPA, consulting, and brokerage firm based in Ridgeland. He is also a Partner and founding member of Acuity Group, an agency dedicated to providing comprehensive employee benefits solutions. ...

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Galloway-Chandler-McKinney named a Best Practices agency

For the seventh consecutive year, Galloway-Chandler-McKinney Insurance has been named a Best Practices agency, identifying the firm as a national industry leader. Of the more than 20,000 independent agencies across the country, only 267 qualified as a Best Practices agency. The recognition comes from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) and Atlanta-based management consulting firm Reagan Consulting. ...

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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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