- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Medicaid is reducing its request for more money in the middle of the budget year.

Drew Snyder was appointed interim director in December when David Dzielak (JELL-ick) resigned after six years as director.

Under Dzielak, Medicaid had been requesting an additional $47 million this budget year, which ends June 30.

Snyder said Tuesday that the new request is $26 million. He cited savings through managed care.

Nearly 701,000 of Mississippi’s 3 million residents are enrolled in Medicaid, a government health insurance program for the needy.

Medicaid is one of the most expensive programs in the $6 billion state budget. The program started the year with almost $919 million in state funding. Because Mississippi is poor, the federal government adds about $3 for every $1 paid by the state.

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