Kentucky Spirit http://wfpl.org en Legal Issues with Kentucky Spirit Remain; Passport Withdraws Medicaid Complaint http://wfpl.org/post/legal-issues-kentucky-spirit-remain-passport-withdraws-medicaid-complaint <p>Weeks after their announced departure from Kentucky’s Medicaid managed care system, operator Kentucky Spirit and the state are still locked in a legal battle.</p><p>Both sides have sued each other, blaming the other for the situation. Kentucky Spirit announced their departure, scheduled for the middle of 2013, due to massive losses in the system.</p><p>In an interim committee meeting today, Kentucky lawmakers asked for an update on what the state hoped to recoup financially because of Kentucky Spirit’s decision.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:52:42 +0000 Kenny Colston 2912 at http://wfpl.org Legal Issues with Kentucky Spirit Remain; Passport Withdraws Medicaid Complaint Read the Kentucky Spirit lawsuit http://wfpl.org/post/read-kentucky-spirit-lawsuit <p>Medicaid provider Kentucky Spirit has <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/kentucky-spirit-sues-officially-break-its-medicaid-contract-0">sued</a> in Franklin Circuit Court to end its contract with the state. Read the suit below.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:27:10 +0000 Joseph Lord 2120 at http://wfpl.org Read the Kentucky Spirit lawsuit Kentucky Spirit Sues to Officially Break Its Medicaid Contract http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-spirit-sues-officially-break-its-medicaid-contract-0 <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">Struggling Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit has followed through and is <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/read-kentucky-spirit-lawsuit">suing </a>to end its contract with the state.</span><br style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small; line-height: normal; "><br style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small; line-height: normal; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">Kentucky Spirit announced last week it was leaving the commonwealth, Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:45:45 +0000 Kenny Colston 2116 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Spirit Sues to Officially Break Its Medicaid Contract Medicaid Issues Leave Heavy Burden on WellCare http://wfpl.org/post/medicaid-issues-leave-heavy-burden-wellcare <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">The departure of one of three statewide Medicaid operators next year is once again raising concerns about adequate medical coverage in parts of the state.</span></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:28:28 +0000 Kenny Colston 2102 at http://wfpl.org Life After Kentucky Spirit: Passport, Humana Ready to Expand? http://wfpl.org/post/life-after-kentucky-spirit-passport-humana-ready-expand <p>As the fallout continues from the announced departure of statewide Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit, many other Medicaid operators are already looking to take their place.</p><p>Kentucky Spirit announced last week they would break their contract with the state early. State officials say they won’t re-open those statewide contracts to replace Kentucky Spirit until the current contracts expire.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 2071 at http://wfpl.org Medicaid Operator Kentucky Spirit Plans to Break Contract, Beshear says He's Disappointed http://wfpl.org/post/medicaid-operator-kentucky-spirit-plans-break-contract-beshear-says-hes-disappointed <p>Governor Steve Beshear says he’s disappointed that one statewide Medicaid operator has announced it is leaving the state.</p><p>Kentucky Spirit, part of Centene Corporation from Missouri, announced today that they would terminate their operations next July, before their contract is up.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:58:34 +0000 Kenny Colston 2047 at http://wfpl.org Medicaid Operator Kentucky Spirit Plans to Break Contract, Beshear says He's Disappointed Managed Care Official Criticizes Kentucky's Approach to the Medicaid System http://wfpl.org/post/managed-care-official-criticizes-kentuckys-approach-medicaid-system <p>The CEO of a major Medicaid managed care company (MCO) is criticizing Kentucky for the way the state deals with businesses like his.</p><p>Michael Neidorff is the CEO of Centene, which operates Kentucky Spirit, one of three statewide MCOs that has managed Medicaid patients for the state since last year.</p><p>In a recent call with Wall Street investors, Neidorff criticized Kentucky officials and the mindset they have about what managed care can do for the state.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:13:17 +0000 Kenny Colston 1772 at http://wfpl.org Managed Care Official Criticizes Kentucky's Approach to the Medicaid System