Mississippi hospitals grab for piece of lucrative Medicaid contract in draft tech bill

January 6, 2018, The Clarion-Ledger, Anna Wolfe- Lawmakers are reviewing a draft proposal that would give a chunk of the lucrative Medicaid contract awarded in June to a provider sponsored health plan of which one exists in Mississippi. This follows several months of contention over the Division of Medicaid’s award of a new $2 billion managed care contract to Magnolia Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare and Molina Healthcare instead of Mississippi True, a provider-sponsored health plan formed by 65 local hospitals. The early draft of the Medicaid bill includes revisions prepared by several healthcare stakeholders, which have been meeting in a discussion group facilitated by the Mississippi Hospital Association since the summer. It has not yet been filed.

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