Medicaid Director, Attorney General Trade Accusations

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Medicaid's Bob Robinson told Mississippi lawmakers Wednesday that Attorney General Jim Hood refuses to prosecute $24 million in alleged fraud by a provider.

Hood said in an interview later that Robinson has mismanaged Medicaid and should resign. He says if Medicaid officials showed him a particular fraud case, his staff has pursued it.

Medicaid is a government health program for the needy and disabled.

Robinson said he believes the fraud occurred a couple of years ago when a behavioral services provider overcharged to drive patients to medical facilities where they were shown movies.

Hood says Robinson has tried to protect a hospital that filed for bankruptcy.

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