Some Medicaid Jobs Under Scrutiny for Qualifications
by Iris Barnes and Chris Davis
JACKSON, Miss.--Some Medicaid workers are getting notices that their jobs may be on the line if they do not meet the qualifications. Medicaid tells us folks must meet the right criteria to have those jobs, whether or not the state Personnel Board did a good job vetting candidates. That's upsetting some.
“Medicaid is in an uproar right now. Workers are on edge,” according to Brenda Scott, president of the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees.
“Over the past five to six months, we have some phone calls coming in from some workers with the Division of Medicaid who have received pre-termination notices.
Scott says those letters are asking Med...icaid Specialist to prove their educational qualifications, or face possible termination. But she says the worker’s transcripts and other documents were submitted and cleared by the State Personal Board when they were hired. “They are being accused of having falsified their job application,” she said.
We contacted the Division of Medicaid. They released the following statement to News Mississippi: "The Division of Medicaid is reviewing all personnel files to assure the information they contain is valid, verifiable, and up to date. Issues arising due to inaccuracies, either through commission or omission, are addressed on a case by case basis in accordance with guidelines provided by the Mississippi State Personnel Board."