Health Care Law Blog

Blue Cross Changes on the Horizon?

Changes to the health insurance market in Michigan may soon be changing due to the Michigan House of Representatives’ approval of Senate Bills 1293 and 1294 (the “Senate Bills”) on December 6, 2012.  The introduction of the Senate Bills follow Governor Snyder’s proposed overhaul of BCBSM discussed here and directly address the corporate organization and continued operation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (“BCBSM”) in our state.  In brief, the Senate Bills authorize BCBSM to establish, own, operate and merge with a nonprofit mutual disability insurer.  They also generally prohibit BCBSM from using “Most Favored Nation Clauses” in provider contracts beginning February 1, 2013.  While the Senate Bills are not final until Governor Snyder signs them into law, given his previous support it is likely he will give his approval. A more detailed analysis of the Senate Bills will be provided if the Governor does indeed sign them into law.

Categories: Billing/Payment, Insurance, Regulatory


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