January 5, 2013 – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan officials hoped to start the new year with an operational overhaul that included ending its tax-exempt status, changing how it’s regulated and transforming itself from a charitable trust to a customer-owned nonprofit. Instead, they’re beginning 2013 doing what they did in the final months of 2012: Lobbying state lawmakers and the governor to act. The state’s largest health insurer is back encouraging action on legislation enabling its restructuring after Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed it. The proposed reworking of Blue Cross is largely internal: It does away with a law that gives the insurer immunity from paying taxes in exchange for providing insurance coverage regardless of a customer’s health status.
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