A Kentucky choose has tossed out contracts awarded to 6 medical health insurance firms, citing flaws within the state’s bidding course of for $8 billion in state Medicaid enterprise.
Franklin Circuit Decide Phillip Shepherd ordered the state to rebid all the bundle, the Courier Journal reported. The issues “solid a cloud over the method’s legitimacy,” Shepherd stated in his order issued Wednesday.
This is able to make the third time Kentucky should search bids for the contracts, that are for out of doors firms to handle healthcare for individuals lined by Medicaid.
In a quick assertion, the state Cupboard for Well being and Household Providers stated: “The choose’s orders are being reviewed and subsequent steps are being decided.”
The primary spherical of contract awards got here below former Gov. Matt Bevin in late 2019. The second spherical got here final 12 months after Gov. Andy Beshear tossed out these contracts and ordered them rebid, citing questions concerning the awards, though the end result was unchanged.
Shepherd stated all present contracts will stay in place so well being providers aren’t disrupted for about 1.5 million Kentuckians who get well being protection via the federal-state Medicaid well being plan.
The federal authorities offers round 70% of the prices of the $12-billion-a-year program, which is Kentucky’s largest well being plan.