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Medicaid signs off on federal reimbursement for rural clinics

By: Sarah Ulmer - December 20, 2019

On Thursday, Director for the Division of Medicaid Drew Snyder signed off on a 1.9% reimbursement for Mississippi rural health clinics.

Snyder said the reimbursement was initially passed by Congress and will help only clinics located in rural areas who treat Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. The clinics are paid through Medicare and Medicaid funds linked to Medicare inflation. Snyder said he was unsure how it would impact individuals visiting those clinics using private insurance.

Drew Snyder, Director of the Division of Medicaid Mississippi

“These incentives are typically used to promote doctors and especially nurse practitioners who provide primary care to work in rural communities,” said Snyder.

With this federal mandate, the clinics could earn two to four times more than they would under Medicaid alone. Right now there are upwards of 170 of these rural clinics located in Mississippi.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: