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House: Give hospitals new shot at Medicaid managed care pact

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Some Mississippi lawmakers want to give hospitals another shot at a piece of a big Medicaid contract.

The state House on Thursday passed House Bill 898, its version of how the state-federal health insurance program should look in coming years.

Rep. Jason White, a Republican from West, amended the bill to require Medicaid to rebid its managed care contract. The Clarion Ledger reports that contract channels spending for 70 percent of the 750,000 Mississippians covered by Medicaid.

That would give a 60-hospital coalition a chance to win part of the business, after Medicaid rejected the group's bid last summer. Instead, Medicaid retained the state's two previous managed care providers and hired a third out-of-state insurer.

The bill must be reconciled with the Senate version, which doesn't call for a rebid.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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