JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney hopes UMMC and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi will settle their contract dispute soon.
The dispute between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and BCBSMS is leaning towards the June 30 cutoff, when the contract will be terminated.
The medical center would be considered "out-of-network" with the insurer effective July 1.
Chaney issued the following statement on the dispute:
“My primary concern in this situation is that patients continue to receive access to quality healthcare without suffering financial penalties. As Commissioner of Insurance, I am very limited in my ability to get involved with contract disputes. However, both UMMC and BCBSMS have agreed to a mediation proposal from the MID, that should take place within the next few weeks. I remain hopeful that the parties will find common ground and settle the dispute.”
Consumers with questions are asked to contact the Mississippi Insurance Department at 1-800-562-2957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.