- Associated Press - Saturday, August 27, 2016

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says the federal government has rejected an attempt by a third health insurer to sell policies on the federally-subsidized exchange in Mississippi.

Chaney told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Friday (https://bit.ly/2c2MY3a) that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rejected the unnamed insurer’s application to sell policies all 82 counties, citing an inadequate medical provider network.

All but 16 of Mississippi’s 82 counties will only have one insurer offering policies after UnitedHealth Group, which had done business statewide, withdraws from Mississippi’s exchange at year’s end. Kentucky-based Humana will serve 32 counties, while Magnolia Health, a unit of St. Louis-based Centene Corp. will sell policies in 66 counties.

More than 70,000 Mississippians bought 2016 policies on the exchange; about 95 percent received tax credit subsidies.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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