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Hospitals Sue Blue Cross, Claim Rip-off

JACKSON, Miss.–Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi has been served with a lawsuit from ten hospitals from the coast to the Delta, claiming the provider did not pay enough in some cases.

The suit, which asks for $13 million, was filed in Hinds County Circuit Court this week.

The damages are being asked on allegations the insurer reduced the payments it was obligated to make for services. The suit also says that constituted breach of contract.

“The people of Mississippi need hospital services and we are here to render those services. But it is unfair for insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield to not honor the amount they agreed to pay,” said Bill Williams, Division CEO for the hospitals. “That may benefit the insurance company and its executives, but it harms our hospitals and the communities we serve.”

The hospitals suing include Biloxi Regional Medical Center,¬†Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon, Gilmore Regional Medical Center in Amory, Madison River Oaks Medical Center in Canton, Natchez Community Hospital in Natchez, Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale, River Oaks Hospital in Flowood, Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville and Woman’s Hospital in Flowood.

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