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.
The early draft of the Medicaid bill includes revisions prepared by several health care stakeholders, which have been meeting in a discussion group facilitated by the Mississippi Hospital Association since the summer. It has not yet been filed.
Now, language in a draft version of the “Medicaid technical amendments bill,” which must pass before the division sunsets in July, would require Medicaid to develop a five-year pilot program before January 2019 and pay a provider-sponsored health plan to insure 25 percent of Medicaid enrollees.
Other changes in the draft, sent to lawmakers and health care groups in December, include eliminating a 12-per-year doctor visit restriction on traditional Medicaid patients, requiring that more services be reimbursed at the same rate as Medicare, including psychiatric services, and increasing access to vaccines for adolescents.