Judge Blocks Bryant’s Executive Order

A federal judge is blocking an executive order from Governor Phil Bryant from taking effect today. As MPB’s Jeffrey Hess reports the Governor had attempted to intervene in a contract dispute between the state’s largest insurer and a group of ten hospitals.

Judge Henry Wingate put a temporarily block on an executive order from Governor Phil Bryant that would have required the insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield to bring 10 health management associate hospitals back into its network.

The two companies are currently battling over how much blue cross will pay for procedures. David Kaufman, a lawyer for Blue Cross, says the insurance company is not violating state law because its remaining hospital network is adequate.