Hearing slated to determine gov’s authority over Blue Cross

A hearing is scheduled for Friday morning in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on whether Gov. Phi Bryant can issue an executive order forcing Blue Cross & Blue Shield to restore 10 privately owned hospitals across the state to its health insurance network.

Blue Cross is challenging the governor’s authority to force it to put 10 hospitals owned by Florida-based Health Management Associates in its network. Blue Cross dropped the 10 hospitals in September in midst of a dispute over how much the hospitals should be reimbursed by the state’s biggest provider of health insurance.

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