MEDICAID REAUTHOURIZATION REVIEW - Tops MS 2018 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
February 5, 2018, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Desare Frazier- Every three years or so, Mississippi legislators must review how the Medicaid program is operated. The state provides some 750,000 Mississippians with services. Republican Senator Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula chairs the Medicaid Committee. His bill, Senate Bill 2836, removes the current cap of 12 doctor visits per year and five prescriptions per month. Instead, the state division of Medicaid would collaborate with doctors on visits and prescriptions needed. "People would reach their limit and then they would end up in an emergency room so they could go get a prescription. Well this way they can be proactive and do that working with the managed care companies with the Mississippi Division of Medicaid," said Wiggins.