Medicaid plans to go forward with contracts after no action by review panel

JACKSON – Members of the state Personal Service Contract Review Board refused to adopt its own staff recommendations to approve contracts totaling about $2 billion annually awarded by the Division of Medicaid to three managed care companies.

But the five-member board also refused during Tuesday’s hearing to reject the contracts, meaning Medicaid has the option of allowing the contracts to become valid in 30 days under state law.

Erin Barham, a spokeswoman for the Division of Medicaid, confirmed after the hearing that Medicaid’s intent is to move forward with the contracts after the staff of the Review Board affirmed “the integrity and fairness of the procurement process.”

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