3hospitals seek to be paid more using Payment Rules different from every other Blue Cross Network hospital.Pursuant to the terms of each Agreement, each party had the right to terminate eachAgreement unilaterally, with or without cause. On June 25, 2013, Blue Cross exercised thosecontractual rights and sent notices of termination of the Agreements to the HMA hospitals.Following receipt of Blue Cross’ notices, the HMA hospitals embarked on a massive public relations campaign to provide misinformation to the public concerning Blue Cross’termination of the agreements, the HMA hospitals’ pending lawsuit, and the loss of access tocare.The HMA hospitals became non-Network effective September 1, 2013. That samemonth, based on the Blue Cross/HMA network issue, the Mississippi Insurance Department (the“Department”) requested and received Blue Cross’ network maps for the state. On September 16, 2013, at a joint hearing before the Insurance Committees of the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney stated that Mississippi lawdoes not allow his office to intervene in the Blue Cross/HMA situation unless there is a problemwith access to care.
Exhibit C, Transcript of Chaney’s Testimony at Legislative Hearing at pp. 66-67 and information provided to Legislators by Commissioner Chaney. Commissioner Chaney further stated that his office reviewed the networks and finished surveys the Friday of the previous week, that, with regard to access, “[f]rom what we see, there is no violation of thelaw that we have today[,]” and that this is a contractual dispute between two private parties.
.On October 10, 2013, representatives of the Mississippi Department of Insurance metwith Blue Cross representatives to discuss the status of the Department’s ongoing examination of Blue Cross.
Exhibit D, October 17, 2013 Letter from Chaney to Carol Pigott. As part of that
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