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Insurance Commissioner Floats New Regs In Response To UMMC-Blue Cross Battle

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is not sure whether Blue Cross Blue Shield or the University of Mississippi Medical Center will prevail in the ongoing reimbursement dispute that has thousands of Mississippians out of network at the state’s flagship public hospital. But with the 2023 legislative session on the horizon, he has a bill in mind to keep it from happening again.

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UMMC Dispute with Blue Cross Blue Shield Forces Insured Out of Network Today

A contract dispute over reimbursement rates between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi will likely result in the hospital going out of network tomorrow on April 1. This move would cause a serious spike in the cost of health-care services for customers of one of the state’s largest insurers at Mississippi’s largest public hospital system.

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Mississippians Break Previous ACA Enrollment Record Almost a Year into COVID-19

More Mississippians signed up for health insurance through the federal insurance exchange in 2020 than any year prior. This year’s enrollment grew 12% over the 98,892 who signed up for 2020 health insurance—and nearly doubled sign-ups from the exchange’s early days’ enrollment in 2013. Mississippi had the fourth-largest enrollment increases over last year, with about 400 more enrollees per 100,000 residents. 

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