Cook Resigns From Passport Board

Dr. Larry Cook has stepped down as the chairman of the board of directors for Passport Health Plan.

Passport manages Medicaid services for Jefferson and 15 surrounding counties. Cook’s resignation is the latest in a series of changes in the organization in the weeks following a scathing report from the State Auditor’s office which uncovered lavish spending and conflicts of interest.

Cook previously resigned as CEO of Passport, but planned to stay on the board until the summer. Last week, Governor Steve Beshear issued an 11-point corrective action plan to speed up Passport’s restructuring. The Governor threatened to terminate Passport’s nearly $800 million contract if the plan was not followed.

Beshear also called for two executives named in the audit to leave Passport. They were fired this week.

Passport’s new interim board chair is William Wagner, who is the executive director of Family Health Centers Inc. TheĀ interim CEO is Mark Carter, who heads a Louisville-based accounting firm.