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Managed care saving Medicaid money, says Dzielak

By Bobby Harrison, Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON, Mississippi – Medicaid Executive Director David Dzielak says enrolling Mississippi Medicaid recipients in managed care has saved the state about $40 million. To increase those annual savings, Dzielak said recently the Legislature will have to remove the restrictions on the managed care program. The Medicaid budget for the current fiscal year is ...

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State’s Medicaid refusal puts 1 of 3 poor Mississippians into Obamacare coverage gap

Nearly one-third of Mississippians poor will fall into the “coverage gap” created by Mississippi and 25 other states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health News reports the study concluded that about 5.2 million poor, uninsured adults will fall into the coverage ...

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CEO says Medicaid extension will save Delta hospital $7M

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Legislature’s decision to extend Medicaid will save Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville about $7 million. DRMC CEO J. Stansel Harvey tells the Delta Democrat Times that numbers from 2011, the most recent available, show 70 percent of patients in Greenville receive coverage through either Medicaid or the federal Medicare program. About 22 percent of those ...

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Lawmakers keep Medicaid alive — and go home

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers adjourned their two-day special session late Friday after passing bills to keep Medicaid alive and funded for the new fiscal year that starts Monday. Republicans hold the majority in the House and Senate, and they blocked Democrats’ efforts to extend Medicaid to another 300,000 low-income people — additional coverage that is an option under the federal ...

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Doctors, hospitals divided over Medicaid expansion

Associations representing hospital executives and physicians appear to be on opposite sides on whether to greatly enlarge the state’s Medicaid rolls. The Mississippi State Medical Association has declared that Mississippi’s uninsured deserve medical care but cautioned “a Medicaid expansion may perpetuate a broken system.” The official MSMA statement is clear in expressing what it says are the anxieties of the ...

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Governor calls special session to keep Medicaid afloat

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he’s calling lawmakers into special session at 10 a.m. Thursday to keep the state’s Medicaid program alive and funded once the new state fiscal year begins July 1. The Republican is not asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid, which is an option under the federal health care law that President Barack Obama signed ...

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Lt. Gov. Reeves releases statement on Medicaid special session

“I have talked with Gov. Bryant and Speaker Gunn, and we have agreed the House will take up Medicaid reauthorization first. I support extending the agency for one year to study ways to reform the program, improve care and find efficiencies to save money. “Earlier this year, the Senate reauthorized and funded Medicaid without expansion in a bipartisan vote. Unfortunately, ...

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