Rep. John Mayo: RESPECT
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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.
January 5, 2018, Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz- Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday. The $2.85 billion was supposed to fund states’ CHIP programs through March 31. But some states will start running out of money after Jan. 19, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS did not say which states are likely to be affected first.The latest estimates for when federal funding runs out could cause states to soon freeze enrollment and alert parents that the program could soon shut down. The CHIP program provides health coverage to 9 million children from lower-income households that make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. Its federal authorization ended Oct. 1, and states were then forced to use unspent funds to carry them over while the House and Senate try to agree on a way to continue funding.