Kentucky To Expand Medicaid Managed Care But Will Increase Oversight

by Tony McVeigh on February 9, 2011

Kentucky is moving forward with plans to establish Medicaid managed care programs around the commonwealth. The state saved millions of dollars in Louisville through a managed care program called Passport, even though questionable spending ultimately led to a management shakeup. Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller says any new programs will face strong oversight.

“They have to understand, and you have to have developed by that time, what is it you’re looking for? How are you going to hold accountable? What is it you’re seeking them to do? And you build that within the contract process,” she says.

Miller says several entities are already expressing interest in establishing Medicaid managed care programs around the state, but it’s too early in the process to reveal any additional information. On Tuesday, the Kentucky House approved a Medicaid budget balancing plan proposed by Gov. Beshear.

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