By Associated Press - Friday, January 10, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration issued a request for proposals Friday for Medicaid managed care contracts after Beshear canceled contracts awarded by former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration near the end of Bevin’s term last year.

Contracts with Aetna via Coventry Cares, Anthem Inc., Humana Inc. via CareSource, Passport Health Plan and Wellcare expire June 30.

The Bevin administration dropped Passport Health Plan in awarding $8 billion annually in Medicaid contracts in November to Aetna, Humana, Wellcare and newcomers United Healthcare and Molina Health Care.

“Medicaid provides health care coverage for over 1 million people in the Commonwealth,” acting Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander said in a news release. “We strongly feel the previous contract awards raised numerous questions and concerns regarding a program intended to protect the health and wellbeing of man of the most vulnerable Kentuckians.”

The administration hopes to select providers in the spring.



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This story was corrected to change the governor’s first name to Andy instead of Steve.

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