State To Challenge Court Over 'Any Willing Provider' Law

October 7, 2003 - Posted at: 7:55 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The state attorney general's office says it plans to work through the courts to try to reinstate Arkansas' "any willing provider" law.

In 1995, the Legislature decided patients' health care choices were being eroded and responded with any willing provider legislation.  That would have allowed Arkansans to see their doctors if the physicians accepted conditions set by insurers.

Some insurers challenged the law, and a federal judge barred the state's law from being enforced.  This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out similar arguments against Kentucky's any willing provider law.

Blue Cross filed suit, asking to keep intact the judge's order barring Arkansas' law from being enforced.  Documents filed in federal court yesterday show the state attorney general's office plans to challenge that order.

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