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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi has told the state’s second-largest hospital owner that it will end its contract with the company’s 10 Mississippi hospitals at the end of August.

The insurer sent the notice of termination to the Health Management Associates hospitals statewide on June 25. That was a week after Florida-based HMA sued Blue Cross for $13 million, claiming the Flowood, Miss., insurer is breaking contract terms.

At the same time, Jackson’s University of Mississippi Medical Center and Blue Cross continue talks over payment rates, with the chance that the insurer will no longer contract for treatment at the state’s largest hospital.

If Blue Cross no longer has contracts, hospitals would be reimbursed at lower out-of-network rates, meaning individual patients could face much higher out-of-pocket costs.


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  • kat

    The passing of the Affordable Care Act has now brought everyone’s health care down to a new level. BCBS was probably assured as we were that this act was a good thing for all involved. Everybody, including hospitals are running scared. Our country is being destroyed at every level. Thank you voters for being so trusting. Now you know why people were so up in arms during the elections. Nothing is easy or free, including health care.

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