Medicaid Executive Director David Dzielak says enrolling Mississippi Medicaid recipients in managed care has saved the state about $40 million.
To increase those annual savings, Dzielak said recently the Legislature will have to remove the restrictions on the managed care program.
The Medicaid budget for the current fiscal year is about $800 million in state funds.
State officials constantly are searching for ways to trim the ever-increasing budget for the Division of Medicaid, which provides health care services for about 645,000 elderly, disabled, poor pregnant women and poor children. Officials have viewed managed care – where a health care company is provided a set fee to provide medical services regardless of how costly those services are – as a method to save funds.