Lobbyists pushing big money in health care at the Mississippi Capitol: MS Pulse
January 5, 2018, The Clarion-Ledger, Anna Wolfe- More dollars flow through the state’s Medicaid program, which insures one-fourth of Mississippians and has far reaching tentacles, than the state’s entire general budget. So the political and monetary influences surrounding health care at the Capitol are no surprise. Senate Public Health Chairman Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, no longer oversees Medicaid legislation in his chamber
after the leadership created a separate committee for the topic two years ago.When that happened, Kirby said, he was relieved. “Medicaid is like a wheel with too many spokes and too many greedy people,” Kirby said Friday. Medicaid recently awarded a new $2 billion contract to three insurance companies - Magnolia Health, UnitedHealthcare and Molina Healthcare of Mississippi to run MississippiCAN, the state’s managed care program. It’s one of the largest contracts in state history.