Lobbyists pushing big money in health care at the Mississippi Capitol: MS Pulse
January 5, 2017, The Clarion Ledger, Anna Wolfe - More dollars flow through the state's Medicaid program, which insures one-fourth of Mississippians and has far-reaching tentacles, than the state's entire general budget. So the political and monetary influences surrounding health care at the Capitol are no surprise. Senate Public Health Chairman Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, no longer oversees Medicaid legislation in his chamber after the leadership created a separate committee for the topic two years ago. When that happened, Kirby said, he was relieved. "Medicaid is like a wheel with too many spokes and too many greedy people," Kirby said Friday. Medicaid recently awarded a new $2 billion contract to three insurance companies — Magnolia Health, UnitedHealthcare and Molina Healthcare of Mississippi — to run MississippiCAN, the state's managed care program. It's one of the largest contracts in state history.