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State Medicaid Payments Not Given the OK from Federal Government

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Mississippi's Medicaid program still has not received federal permission to cut payments to doctors, dentists and other providers for the final three months of the budget year.

Two weeks ago, medicaid notified providers that it intended to cut their payments for three months because of a shortfall in the state budget.

Medicaid reimbursements for dental services could be reduced by 20% for April, May and June.

Payments for a wide range of providers, including nursing homes and pharmacists, could be cut 15 %.

Getting federal permission to make the temporary change could take up to 90 days.

There is now way to know when Mississippi will find out if the change is approved or denied.

Right now, legislators are out of session but will return April 20th to finish writing a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.

Some lawmakers want to put $14.6 million into Medicaid to restore the shortfall for the current year.

But Governor Haley Barbour said he considers all budget work to be finished for the current year.

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