Jim Hood on Health Care
Uncovered industry-wide plan to inflate drug prices
Unsealed court documents in a lawsuit filed by Mississippi and 41 other states show how drug companies coordinated to inflate the price of generic drugs, according to a press release from Attorney General Jim Hood. "The evidence shows an industry-wide
conspiracy to hinder access to drugs that Americans rely on every day," "It shows that these people knew that what they were doing was illegal and then took measures to make sure their actions weren't uncovered. Today, their cover is blown."
Source: Clarion-Ledger on 2019 Mississippi gubernatorial race
, Jun 26, 2019
Accept federal dollars to help struggling rural hospitals
Jesus said to take care of the widows, orphans, the elderly, and the least among us. When it comes to health care, Mississippi has not followed His word. As your governor I will:
Source: 2019 Mississippi governor campaign site HoodForGovernor.com
, Dec 31, 2018
- Work to make health care affordable for everyone
Fight for those who can't fight for themselves
- Support law enforcement in the fight against the opioid epidemic
- Accept federal dollars to help our struggling rural hospitals
- Focus on improving rural access to health care
Sue drug companies for over-charging Medicaid
Attorney General Jim Hood, with the help of outside counsel, is suing a group of pharmaceutical companies, alleging they engaged in an "unlawful scheme" to force the state to pay for drugs that were not eligible for Medicaid reimbursement.
contends the companies' scheme involves false representations, made by the defendants to the state, that their National Drug Codes, or NDCs, are FDA approved and eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. "The State directly relies on these representations in
approving the reimbursement for providers of prescription drugs," the Hood explained. "Defendants marketed these unapproved drugs to healthcare providers as being Covered Outpatient Drugs (or CODs), and therefore reimbursable by the State," resulting in
increased market share and profits for the companies while essentially leaving the state in a lurch. In 2011, for example, the state Medicaid program forked out about $551 million on prescription drugs, according to the Attorney General's Office.
Source: Mississippi Today on 2019 Mississippi gubernatorial race
, Oct 1, 2018
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