Lawmakers mandate Medicaid redo managed care contract, under House bill

February 8, 2018, The Clarion-Ledger, Anna Wolfe- The House version of one big ticket item this legislative session, the Medicaid technical amendments bill, would require the Mississippi Division of Medicaid to rebid a contract to run its managed care program. House Bill 898 passed 107-4 and will head to the Senate, which passed its own, significantly different version of the bill Tuesday. The legislation will ultimately be worked out in the conference. In June, Medicaid awarded a new three-year managed care contract to Magnolia Health, UnitedHealthcare and Molina Healthcare of Mississippi, to the dismay of another proposer, a group backed by 60 local hospitals called Mississippi True. Author of the House Medicaid bill, Rep. Jason White, R-West, introduced the amendment to redo the contract procurement, which replaces an earlier proposal in the bill that would have given Mississippi True a pilot project consisting of 10 percent of beneficiaries.

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