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Hearing Friday over BCBS executive order

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 10/24/2013 3:47 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Blue Cross Blue Shield is asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent Governor Phil Bryant's from enforcing an executive order he issued over HMA hospitals.

Earlier this week, Gov. Bryant signed Executive Order 1327 ordering the insurance company to reinstate 10 HMA hospitals in the state for 60 days will the state investigated BCBS' decision to drop them as network providers.

In the order, Bryant says the insurance provider could be in violation of state law and the 60-days would give state officials time to investigate the matter.

Blue Cross Blue Shield officials say the governor has not legitimate authority or basis for the actions.

Federal Judge Henry Wingate will hear the motion Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in Jackson.
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