Blue Cross agrees to pay in-network rates at four HMA hospitals

The insurer responded by suing Bryant in federal court Friday, denying Bryant has that power and seeking an order to block any action.

“The governor’s attempt to act under the color of state authority to dictate the business practices of private parties is an unprecedented act that disregards multiple fundamental rights,” the lawsuit states.

Among the authorities Bryant cited was an unfair trade practice statute. That law only allows the insurance commissioner to issue a cease and desist order and to fine someone. It doesn’t appear to allow the state to order a company to start doing something.

“It seems to be a bit beyond the scope of the unfair trade practices act,” Haire said.

The lawsuit also took personal aim at Bryant, noting he had opposed forcing people to buy health insurance in his opposition to the federal health care overhaul and saying forcing it to contract with HMA for services was a similar situation. It also questioned Bryant’s sincerity in light of his opposition to expanding Medicaid to cover uninsured residents under the overhaul.

“The governor’s sudden interest in access to health care is interesting given that he blocked approximately 300,000 Mississippians from participating in the Medicaid program,” the lawsuit states.

Organizations Inform Public About Health Insurance Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace opened less than a month ago, but still people have a hard time understanding it. Christine Chandler and Etricia Easley represented their family and church members Tuesday. They’re educating themselves on the Affordable Health Care Law and the new health insurance marketplace.

Insurance enrollment ongoing for Affordable Care Act

For those shopping for health insurance through the new marketplaces that were created by the Affordable Care Act, it may be a bit overwhelming.

Mississippi blues: The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion

As Americans across the nation begin to find out what Obamacare has in store for them, many of Mississippi’s most needy will find out the answer is nothing.

Millions of Poor are Left Uncovered by Health Law

A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times.

Food stamp benefit increase going away

Mississippians and others receiving food stamps will see their monthly benefits reduced beginning next Friday.