“I have directed the Mississippi Division of Medicaid to file a motion today asking Judge William H. Singletary of the Hinds County Chancery Court to expedite his ruling in a lawsuit challenging the agency’s authority to increase gross revenue assessments on hospitals as a means of funding the program. I believe now as I did when Medicaid initiated the action in 2006 that there is ample legal authority to make such a change.

Since the Legislature has now had more than two years to enact a fair, permanent, sustainable solution to Medicaid funding, but has failed, it is very appropriate for the Court to expedite its ruling. Toward that end the Division of Medicaid will seek a hearing in Judge Singletary’s Court as soon as possible.”

Governor Haley Barbour Press Release