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Bryant rescinds part of order in insurance dispute

October 31, 2013
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is backtracking from part of an executive order he issued in a dispute between the state's largest insurer and a hospital company.

Bryant signed a document Thursday saying he is rescinding the parts of his Oct. 22 order that would require Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to resume paying in-network rates at Mississippi hospitals owned by a Florida company, Health Management Associates.

Bryant is leaving in place parts of his order that require Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney to finish an inquiry into why Blue Cross excluded HMA hospitals from its network. The insurer originally excluded 10 HMA hospitals but later reinstated four.

Blue Cross sued to block Bryant's action, and a federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked the governor's full executive order from taking effect.



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