JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) –
The insurance network battle is still brewing between Health Management Associates and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi. Monday they took the fight to the State Capitol.
HMA sued Blue Cross in June, claiming they weren’t getting the money they were promised in their contract. A week later they were dropped from the Blue Cross network list.
The concerns from hospitals and doctors have only grown since then. They’re worried they won’t be around to give care if something doesn’t change.
“The ultimate result is going to be that those hospitals close. It’s not a threat. It’s just a reality,” said Paul Hurst, of Health Management Associates.
HMA hospitals are absorbing any out-of-network costs for Blue Cross patients but say those people are getting conflicting messages.
“They’re telling patients that you can’t go to these hospitals because we aren’t going to pay for it. So they’ve created a lot of confusion, a lot of fear,” said Hurst