- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi’s Medicaid director says he was never offered a job by a company that was later awarded a $2 billion contract by his agency.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that emails uncovered in a lawsuit by losing bidders show David Dzielak and executives from Molina Healthcare discussed salary and benefit details of a position the company planned to create if it won the contract.

Dzielak said in statement Tuesday the emails were to discuss how the company would fulfill its obligations if awarded the contract. He said, “there was no job offer and I did not inquire about a job with Molina.”

Dzielak said a Molina vice president, Gwen Williams, sent him a tip about a Medicaid director job in another state in 2015 but he never applied for the job.

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

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