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Battle of Medicaid expansion continues in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi House Democrats said they are trying to bring pressure on Republicans to revive a Medicaid bill that’s blocked in a committee. Republicans, meanwhile, say Democrats are playing politics with a government health insurance program that covers about one in every five Mississippi residents. The Mississippi Medicaid program is up for renewal this year, as it is every ...

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White House rejects Chaney's health exchange plan

JACKSON — The Obama administration has rejected Mississippi’s proposal to create a state-run health insurance exchange, according to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, dealing a blow to his bid to craft an exchange despite the opposition of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Chaney, during a news conference, said he was “sorely disappointed” that the application had been denied. “The effect on ...

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Thompson pushing Congress for levee-repair program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The top Democrat on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee says Congress must establish a program to help state and local governments repair levees across the nation. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says he issued his statement in response to a report by The Associated Press that showed 326 levees covering more than 2,000 miles are in ...

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AG rules commissioner has health insurance exchange authority

JACKSON — Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has the authority to establish and manage a health insurance exchange, according to a legal opinion released by the state Attorney General’s Office. Exchanges are online marketplaces where people can shop for insurance. Under the federal health law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, every state is required to set up an exchange. ...

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Bill co-authored by Harper signed into law by President

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed in to law a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., to remove a mandate requiring the distribution of a booklet reporting motor vehicle insurance costs. Harper says in a statement that the law eliminates the outdated and unnecessary mandatory printing of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual booklet titled, “Relative ...

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Survey results show divide over health insurance exchange

JACKSON — The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) says a survey has found that 51 percent of Mississippi consumers have positive views of a health insurance exchange and over 62 percent believe that the resulting expansion of private insurance would lead to economic growth. “Mississippi truly has unique challenges when it comes to health care. Our polling shows that Mississippi ...

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Better flood rating drops residents' insurance premiums

PICAYUNE — An improved flood prone rating means Pearl River County residents will see a 10 percent reduction in monthly insurance premiums. The Picayune Item reports county planner Ed Pinero Jr. says the county has moved from an insurance rating of 10 to 8. The lower the rating, the lower the premiums. Pinero says the county went through a lengthy ...

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Medicaid spokesman questions whether expansion will spur growth

JACKSON — A spokesman for Mississippi’s Medicaid program is questioning the notion that expanding the federal-state health insurance program is the way to spur economic growth. Francis X. Rullan says he’s speaking only for himself in this instance. But he says it’s not a good idea to base an economic development effort on the dependency of a large group of ...

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City taking residents to court over flood plain ordinance

MOSS POINT — Moss Point officials hope a city judge will set a court date in December to determine if 47 properties must comply with rules to elevate homes in flood plains. Andrew R. Beamon, who became director of the city’s building inspection office in July, tells the Mississippi Press he expects Municipal Judge Maxine Conway would begin hearings in ...

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Insurance agent accused of stealing clients' payments

ST. MARTIN — An insurance agent has been accused of failing to send customers’ insurance payments to insurers. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said in a press release received by The Sun Herald 35-year-old Chad Michael Davis of St. Martin was arrested Tuesday. Byrd says Davis was charged with two counts of felony false pretense involving two payments, one for ...

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