After controversial bid, lawmakers celebrate new Medicaid contractor’s policy Oct. 1

July 6, 2018, The Clarion-Ledger, Anna Wolfe- After a hard-fought bid for billions of dollars from Mississippi Division of Medicaid, California-based Molina Healthcare is preparing to start managing the health care of thousands of Mississippians.  Lawmakers and division officials celebrated a ribbon cutting June 26 in Jackson for Molina Healthcare of Mississippi, which is one of three insurance companies who last summer won $3 billion-a-year in managed care contracts.The three-year contract award is still the subject of litigation.Medicaid beneficiaries in the managed care program will be given the opportunity to switch to the Molina policy, which is set to start Oct. 1. New managed care enrollees will be automatically placed in Molina’s plan until it insures 20 percent of state beneficiaries. Molina also recently began entering contracts with health care providers.

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