Call it pulling a rabbit out of his hat, call it the best news the governor’s given us since Toyota … whatever you call it, Gov. Haley Barbour’s plan to fix Medicaid is one that will hopefully end the months-long battle over the issue.
More importantly, it will end worries of a healthcare crisis — one that could have resulted in reduction in services, hospital closures and lost jobs.
The governor’s office worked on the latest solution for weeks after a Hinds County chancellor ruled July 10 the governor, as head of the Division of Medicaid, could adjust the gross revenue assessment on hospitals as it relates to a Medicaid program called upper payment limit, or UPL. On Friday, the governor received approval from the federal government — via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — for the plan.