On Thursday, Director for the Division of Medicaid Drew Snyder signed off on a 1.9% reimbursement for Mississippi rural health clinics.

Snyder said the reimbursement was initially passed by Congress and will help only clinics located in rural areas who treat Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. The clinics are paid through Medicare and Medicaid funds linked to Medicare inflation. Snyder said he was unsure how it would impact individuals visiting those clinics using private insurance.

Drew Snyder, Director of the Division of Medicaid Mississippi

“These incentives are typically used to promote doctors and especially nurse practitioners who provide primary care to work in rural communities,” said Snyder.

With this federal mandate, the clinics could earn two to four times more than they would under Medicaid alone. Right now there are upwards of 170 of these rural clinics located in Mississippi.