UMMC to stop accepting Blue Cross/Blue Shield policies

Mississippi's largest hospital says it will stop accepting policies from the state's largest private insurer, citing contract dissatisfaction.

Posted: May. 2, 2018 10:48 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's largest hospital says it will stop accepting policies from the state's largest private insurer, citing contract dissatisfaction.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center tells Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi that it will stop accepting policies after June 30.

The medical center has hospitals in Jackson, Grenada and Lexington. It says it can no longer abide a contract in which Blue Cross makes unilateral changes that cost the hospitals money.

Medical center officials say they want a different contract.

Blue Cross spokeswoman Meredith Bailess says the medical center, not the insurer, is at fault. She says the medical center doesn't respond to the insurer's focus on health outcomes and controlling costs.

Insurance for Mississippi public and school employees, covered by a Blue Cross-administered plan, won't be affected.

Article Comments

Tupelo
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 84°
Columbus
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 78°
Oxford
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 81°
Starkville
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 73°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather