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Lawmakers Take Medicaid MCOs to Task for Not Solving Pharmacy, Mental Health Care Issues

Kentucky lawmakers continue to chastise three of the state’s Medicaid Managed Care organizations for mismanagement.

Representatives of Kentucky Spirit, Wellcare of Kentucky and Coventry Cares appeared before the program review committee today. Legislators wanted to know whether they had solved problems brought up by health care providers in a January committee meeting.

The MCOs all said the problems were mostly solved and that operations were improving every day. But independent pharmacists and mental health care providers disagreed.

The pharmacists say things have only regressed since that first committee meeting. That didn’t please committee co-chair Representative Fitz Steele.