The Clarion-Ledger, 7/31/8

Cuts that would have severely impacted health care providers who serve hundreds of thousands of Medicaid patients in Mississippi will not go into effect next week as planned.

Medicaid Executive Director Robert Robinson said in a letter Wednesday that the agency is planning today to withdraw its proposal that would have resulted in $375 million in cuts. Also, an administrative proceeding scheduled Friday to hear providers’ concerns has been canceled.

Hinds County Chancery Judge Patricia Wise was then told by the state attorney general’s office of the plan.

Wise, who heard arguments on Tuesday about halting the hearing, apparently already had sided with hospitals and nursing homes to delay the proceeding until Medicaid provided more information.