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Beshear cancels Bevin's Medicaid managed care contracts

Posted at 3:22 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 19:47:00-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday that he will cancel the $8 billion worth of Medicaid managed care contracts that Gov. Matt Bevin approved before leaving office.

Beshear held a press conference at his office. He stated that the Bevin administration's decision on contracts appeared to be biased. Current Medicaid managed contracts will remain in place while other organizations will have the opportunity to bid on the others.

Less than two weeks ago, Beshear signed an executive order to repeal the previous administration's Medicaid waiver that put a work requirement in place. This change, Beshear explained, means that the contracts need to meet new demands.

"I believe that our Medicaid system is imperative. It covers more than one million Kentuckians, and gives us an opportunity for a better future. When our health outcomes are holding us back in so many ways in Kentucky, a properly run Medicaid system can be transformative, to providing true opportunity to so many," said Gov. Beshear.

The administration said that a transition plan would be announced after they determine which organizations can successfully bid on the contracts.