Kentucky To Expand Medicaid Managed Care But Will Increase Oversight

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.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.