House addresses Medicaid rules to accommodate provider-sponsored hospital plan
January 31, 2018, Mississippi Today, Larrison Campbell- After a tumultuous year, Mississippi's powerful hospital lobby won a small victory this week when a House committee passed a bill requiring Medicaid to make room for a provider-sponsored insurance plan in its controversial managed care program. Currently, there is only one insurance company backed by health care providers in the state, Mississippi True, which is made up of 60 hospitals and has the support of the state's Hospital Association. As a result, this requirement would bypass Medicaid's bidding process to award an estimated $300 million contract to Mississippi True, a move that effectively bends the agency rules to accommodate one company, say several legislators, including the bills sponsor."Here's what we know. There was a bid process. Three (companies) were awarded contracts. There were several other companies in front of this provider-sponsored health plan, so they weren't even a close fourth," said Rep. Jason White, R-West, who sponsored the legislation.