Job offer or misinterpretation? Medicaid director accused of conflict with company awarded billion-dollar contract

Two years before winning a billion-dollar Medicaid contract, Molina Healthcare offered the agency’s director a job. At least that’s what attorneys said they could prove in court Monday before never getting the chance….

…The attorney for Mississippi True — a nonprofit, hospital-backed Provider Sponsored Health Plan that came in seventh out of seven during the evaluation of proposals — said he has emails from January 2015 and August 2016 that show Molina offered Medicaid Director David Dzielak a job.

But it only looks that way, according to the agency and the company in question.

“That statement is false,” said Carl Gardner, a Molina legal representative.
“We did not offer Dr. Dzielak a job or anyone else at the division.”

Clarion Ledger