Mississippi has been active in promoting telehealth services, as one of the first states to enact parity laws for telehealth services in the state. Since before the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has had comprehensive parity laws that require health plans to cover and reimburse telehealth services on the same basis and at the same rate as in-person services. Legislators also put forward a proposal to study and implement a state-based public option.
In the provider market, the state requires healthcare providers to apply for and receive a Certificate of Need (CON) prior to the construction, acquisition, or transfer of ownership of a health care facility. In addition to maintaining a CON program, the legislature has been active in pursuing other strategies to ensure market competition. Mississippi was one of the few states to propose legislation in recent terms that would prohibit anticompetitive contract clauses in provider and insurer contracts, including most-favored nation clauses and all-or-nothing provisions.
Mississippi has also made various attempts to rein in healthcare costs and prescription drug prices in the state. As scrutiny of pharmacy benefit managers continues to intensify across the country, Mississippi became the first state to sue drug makers and PBMs for conspiring to set prices for insulin in a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general. Additionally, to promote transparency in pharmaceutical pricing, the state passed the Prescription Drug Consumer Affordable Alternative Payment Options Act, which allows pharmacists to provide patients with information about affordable alternatives of drugs. Mississippi law also provides robust protection for consumers against surprise medical billing by prohibiting balance billing in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
See below for an overview of existing Mississippi state mandates. Click on citation tab for detailed information of specific statutes (click link to download statute text).
Latest Legislative Session: 1/5/2021 - 5/15/2021 (2021 term). *Current session bill updates are ongoing. Check back weekly for updates.
The State of Mississippi fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. Mississippi enacted its annual state budget during the regular legislative session. To view Mississippi’s latest appropriation bulletin, click here.
REGULATION & ENFORCEMENT
- Mississippi was one of 16 states to file an amicus brief supporting the FTC’s winning position in the Ninth Circuit appeal of St. Luke’s Health Care Sys. v. FTC, No. 14-35173 (March 7, 2014), decided February 10, 2015. The States’ brief stated that the acceleration of health care costs due to the growth of large health care provider systems had become a matter of grave concern for the states.
- Mississippi State Legislature
- Mississippi Office of the Attorney General
- Mississippi Insurance Department
- Baptist Memorial Health Care (online cost estimator and comparison tool)
- Mississippi State Department of Health