Posts Tagged ‘Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’

After Blue Cross/hospitals dispute, insurance legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Insurers would have to accept any medical provider who meets contract terms into their network under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House. The House Insurance Committee voted 7-6 yesterday to approve House Bill 553, with four members present but not voting. The measure comes after a dispute between Community Health Services, […] [...]

Delta city to cover workers’ insurance rate increase

LELAND — The city of Leland will cover increases in health insurance for its employees. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the city this week renewed its group health care plan with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. The city’s insurance consultant, Willie Lawton, told the board of aldermen new benefits under the Affordable […] [...]

Town given Obamacare insurance break, but faces additional costs in 2015

SUMMIT — An insurance agent told Summit officials they will get a one-year reprieve from new regulations under the Affordable Care Act for employee health care benefits, but the mandates will likely translate into additional costs in 2015. Other small towns can likely expect to hear similar news, The Enterprise-Journal reports. Ricky Johnston of the […] [...]

Blue Cross of Mississippi maintaining non-Obamacare compliant policies

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is not following the lead of BCBS of Alabama in cancelling health plans not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. In a statement Thursday morning, the health care insurer said it did not cancel any health plans due to the Jan. 1, 2014 PPACA requirements. “ Instead, […] [...]

City to take out loan in anticipation of tax collections

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Board of Aldermen voted to take out up to $600,000 in tax-anticipation loan funds to cover mainly payroll expenses until expected tax revenue is collected. The Natchez Democrat reports City Clerk Donnie Holloway told the board yesterday the city needs the funding because the city is currently paying two health insurance […] [...]

Judge blocks governor’s attempt to force Blue Cross to pay in-network rates

JACKSON — A federal judge yesterday blocked Gov. Phil Bryant from compelling Mississippi’s largest health insurer to resume paying its in-network rate to a chain of 10 hospitals. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate read a temporary restraining order from the bench saying Bryant didn’t provide enough proof to justify an executive order he issued […] [...]

Blue Cross going to court to block Bryant’s order

JACKSON — Mississippi’s largest health insurer is going to court with its fight against Gov. Phil Bryant and 10 Health Management Associates hospitals. U.S. District Judge District Judge Henry Wingate is scheduled to hold a hearing today on Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s lawsuit. The insurer wants to block Bryant’s executive order that […] [...]

Blue Cross agrees to pay in-network rates at four HMA hospitals

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Under increasing pressure from Gov. Phil Bryant and the state Insurance Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi said yesterday it would start paying in-network rates at four hospitals whose contracts the insurer had canceled. Mississippi’s largest private health insurer said it would resume higher payments to Amory’s Gilmore Memorial Regional […] [...]

HMA turns down Blue Cross’ reinstatement offer to four Mississippi hospitals

JACKSON — Health Management Associates has rejected an offer from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to reinstate four of 10 HMA-owned hospitals in Mississippi into the insurer’s provider network. HMA says the terms were unacceptable. Blue Cross Blue Shield issued a news release Monday stating it would be willing to reinstate the four hospitals […] [...]

UMMC releases statement concerning Blue Cross contract

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center has extended its contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi through August 28 as officials from both entities work toward a new agreement to provide fair reimbursement for medical services. Regardless of whether the contract terminates, UMMC said it would continue to provide health care services […] [...]

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