Mississippi's "Any willing provider" statute applies to Mississippi State and School Employees' Life and Health Plan, and probably to Catalyst Rx as well.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that the State employees prescription plan (administered by Catalyst, Rx) is subject to Mississippi's "Any willing provider" statue. Based on this ruling, it is likely the plan and Catalyst cannot make Walgreens its exclusive provider of Speciality Pharmacy services, at least explicitly. Miss. State & School Employees' Life & Health Plan, et al. v. Vital Care. (3-07-13). What makes this case interesting factually is the 8 million dollar payment from Walgreens to Catalyst (who was also sued) after the plan (and Catalyst) decided to make Walgreens the exclusive provider of specialty pharmacy services, shutting out anyone else who wanted to participate and agreed to the same terms. Can anyone say private monopoly? This is part of a trend of consolidation and integration between Insurance Plans, Pharmacy Benefit "Managers" a.k.a PBMs and Large Drug Chains. What is even more troubling is that this plan is, to a certain extent, a political subdivision of the State of Mississippi. While this case presents a very narrow ruling, it illustrates the degree of integration of Government, the Insurance industry and Billion Dollar Drugs, Inc. The triumvirate of interests in this case and the 8 million dollar payment by Walgreens are disturbingly similar to those that came together in back rooms to pass the 'Affordable' Care Act. I'm sure the special interests in this case will find a way around this ruling by changing the terms so that only a Billion Dollar Drug store like Walgreens can afford to participate. But make no mistake, these interests do not have the individual patient's best interest in mind when they agree among themselves who gets to participate and who doesn't.