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Blue Cross Changes on the Horizon?

blue cross changesChanges 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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With a business-minded approach, and service-oriented delivery, Mindi helps clients navigate challenges and solve problems in the areas of employee benefits law and health care law. Mindi has spoken and written extensively on employee benefits, health care reform, and health care law topics, and is actively involved in a number of legal, professional and industry organizations focused on these issues.

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Best Lawyers® 2020

Congratulations to the attorneys of the Health Care practice group at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2020 edition. Firm-wide, 42 lawyers were listed. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation and as lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Health Care practice group members listed in Best Lawyers are as follows:

To see the full list of Foster Swift attorneys listed in Best Lawyers 2020, click here.