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Wiggins requests to see state law regarding Medicaid reimbursements

Wiggins says he is ready and willing to address the issue at hand. (Photo source: WLOX News) Wiggins says he is ready and willing to address the issue at hand. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

In a response to a statement from Mississippi's Division of Medicaid executive director, the Senate Medicaid Committee chairman is speaking out. 

On June 22, WLOX News Now reported that Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Singing River Health System claim they have been shorted millions of dollars in reimbursements. 

Executive Director Dr. David J. Dzielak said, "Medicaid is a key component to health-care access across the state. The agency follows state law and federal regulations set forth in the State Plan, which is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services."

The following day, Chairman Brice Wiggins sent a letter to Dzielak requesting evidence of the state law causing the the alleged discrepancy. 

Wiggins said in part,

"I was led to believe that the issue lied in the federal regulations. This 'state law' is within our control and specifically within the jurisdiction of the Senate and House Medicaid Committees. 

Therefore, I am asking that within 30 days, you (or through your staff) provide me with the 'state law' you say is at issue here so I can have our attorneys look into it in hopes of preparing legislation."

There is no word yet if Dzielak, or his staff, have responded to the request. 

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