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A promise not a threat: Bryant orders BCBS to reinstate 10 hospitals

JACKSON, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant late Tuesday afternoon followed through on an earlier threat against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi by issuing an executive order requiring that the BCBS reinstate 10 Health Management Association hospitals as in-network providers. The order demands the reinstatement for approximately 60 days until an investigation of  BCBS’s actions can be done. Blue ...

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Aaron's agrees to stop spying on computer renters

Aaron’s Inc., an Atlanta-based rent-to-own retailer with dozens of store sin Mississippi, has agreed to stop using software to secretly spy on and photograph customers who rented computers, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Federal Trade Commission had accused Aaron’s and its franchisees of using software to monitor customers’ computer keystrokes and secretly watch them in their homes through the ...

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Arthur S. Johnston III to take federal court post

Arthur S. Johnston, III, currently the Madison County Chancery Clerk, will become Clerk of Court for the federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi. The selection was confirmed Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola. Johnston will succeed J. T. Noblin who earlier announced plans to retire from the post in January. Noblin has served in that capacity ...

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State’s Medicaid refusal puts 1 of 3 poor Mississippians into Obamacare coverage gap

Nearly one-third of Mississippians poor will fall into the “coverage gap” created by Mississippi and 25 other states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health News reports the study concluded that about 5.2 million poor, uninsured adults will fall into the coverage ...

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HMA pleased with Blue Cross reinstatement of 4 hospitals but bemoans continued 'squeeze'

Health Management Associates executives Tuesday welcomed Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s offer to reinstate in-network provider status to four HMA hospitals but say the contractual impasse still leaves some Mississippi communities facing a medical provider crisis. Late Monday afternoon, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi gave notice it is willing to reinstate network provider status starting Tuesday ...

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Time running out for Obamacare exchange fixes

Autumn coolness may have arrived in Washington D.C. but the heat is on big time for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to fix the many, many bugs in the new Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, Time magazine reports. They have one month. If the officials running the new Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges cannot fix crippling computer ...

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Pickett to chair parole board, Townsend takes at-large position

JACKSON, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant selected Steven Pickett to chair the State Parole Board, and Butch Townsend is leaving the Pearl Police Department to serve as the board’s at-large member. Pickett will replace the board’s current chairman, Doug Davis, who plans to resign Oct. 15 to become chief of staff for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Townsend was tapped ...

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Health plans group CEO sees momentum growing for state control of insurance exchange

CLINTON, Mississippi — The CEO of the Mississippi Association of Health Plans says it is likely that state lawmakers will try to shift Mississippi’s health insurance exchange away from federal control to state control within a year. Jeff Drozda, a former United Health Care lobbyist and six-year member of the Indiana Senate, said momentum is growing among Mississippi legislators to ...

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'King of Torts' has finally abdicated

The legal saga of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s. Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in ...

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