To manage its Medicaid program, Mississippi chose a company from California over a group formed by its own local hospitals, drawing skepticism from some lawmakers.
The hospital-backed group, a nonprofit Provider Sponsored Health Plan called Mississippi True, now argues the contract scoring process unfairly discriminated against it. The group’s protest said the Mississippi Division of Medicaid instead favored for-profit Molina Healthcare of Mississippi.
“The division of Medicaid does not want this company (Mississippi True) to get it because it was going to shed a light on a lot of different things,” said Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven. “I think he (Medicaid director David Dzielak) wanted the same companies he’s been dealing with and he just found another one that would fall in line with the rest.”
Mississippi True, along with another group vying for the work, Amerigroup, filed protests against the contract award on June 29.
“Procurement staff follow a stringent procurement process in accordance with federal and state law and regulations to ensure a fair evaluation and scoring of proposals in response to procurements,” said a statement from the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.
Currie said she is going to ask the legislative watchdog committee, Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, to look into the complaint.