October 23, 2020

Mike Chaney wins fourth term as insurance commissioner

Mississippi’s Republican insurance commissioner has won a fourth term.

Mike Chaney of Vicksburg beat Democratic challenger Robert Amos of Byram on Tuesday.

A former state lawmaker, Chaney says he’ll continue trying to get private insurers to write more policies that cover wind and hail damage in hurricane-prone coastal areas.

He also says he wants to divert part of a tax on insurers who aren’t state-regulated to pay for rural firetrucks and a limited form of insurance for firefighters.

Amos said Chaney was doing too little to bring health insurance to lower-income Mississippians, as Republican leaders continue to spurn plans to expand the state-federal Medicaid program as envisioned under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Chaney says he’s working on some other ideas to improve insurance access but hasn’t shared them.