passport health plan 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 Passport Files Formal Complaint over Louisville Medicaid Contracts http://wfpl.org/post/passport-files-formal-complaint-over-louisville-medicaid-contracts <p>Kentucky officials are once again facing the prospect of lawsuits over efforts to expand managed health care within &nbsp;Medicaid.&nbsp;</p><p>This time, it's Passport Health Plan that is threatening to sue, based on what they call broken rules and promises made to them.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/read-passports-complaint-medicaid-contracts">(Read the letter here.)</a></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:11:33 +0000 Kenny Colston 2299 at http://wfpl.org Passport Files Formal Complaint over Louisville Medicaid Contracts Consumer Advocates Worry New Medicaid Operators in Louisville Region Will Cause Problems http://wfpl.org/post/consumer-advocates-worry-new-medicaid-operators-louisville-region-will-cause-problems <p></p><p>The Louisville Medicaid region will now be home to four different managed care operators. State officials announced the change today.</p><p>Joining Passport Health Plan is Humana, CoventryCares and WellCare.</p><p>WellCare and Coventry already have statewide contracts for Medicaid and Passport has operated in Louisville for years.</p><p>Passport officials say they will still try to continue maintain their high level of care, despite no longer holding an exclusive contract for the region.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:39:24 +0000 Kenny Colston 1902 at http://wfpl.org Humana, Passport Join Two Others as New Louisville Medicaid Operators http://wfpl.org/post/humana-passport-join-two-others-new-louisville-medicaid-operators <p></p><p>After decades of having one company oversee Medicaid, the Louisville area will now have four private Medicaid providers.</p><p>The Louisville area was the first part of the state to have Medicaid privatized, and Passport Health Plan has administered the program ever since.</p><p>But the rest of the state has since been privatized, and multiple operators compete for patients across the commonwealth.</p><p>The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced today that Passport will now have competition from CoventryCares, WellCare and Humana.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 19:03:03 +0000 Kenny Colston 1899 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Seeking Private Medicaid Operators for Louisville Region http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-seeking-private-medicaid-operators-louisville-region <p>The process of opening the Louisville area to Medicaid competition is underway.</p><p>Passport Health Plan has run Medicaid in the area for 15 years, but the state has been ordered by the federal government to allow at least one more private operator to do business in the region.</p><p>Passport officials say they will bid for the contract and requests were sent to other potential bidders this week.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:30:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 737 at http://wfpl.org State Will Open Louisville Area to Medicaid Competition, Burch Pushes for Delay http://wfpl.org/post/state-will-open-louisville-area-medicaid-competition-burch-pushes-delay <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; ">A Kentucky lawmaker says implementation of a federal mandate to allow private companies to compete for Medicaid contracts in Louisville could be delayed.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 19:22:51 +0000 Kenny Colston 460 at http://wfpl.org Outside Medicaid Managed Care Company Attempting to Gain Foothold in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/outside-medicaid-managed-care-company-attempting-gain-foothold-louisville <p>State officials have not yet given private Medicaid operators permission to do business in the Louisville area, but that hasn&rsquo;t stopped one company from trying to make inroads.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 18:26:43 +0000 Kenny Colston 192 at http://wfpl.org Outside Medicaid Managed Care Company Attempting to Gain Foothold in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/outside-medicaid-managed-care-company-attempting-gain-foothold-louisville-0 <p>&nbsp;</p><p>State officials have not yet given private Medicaid operators permission to do business in the Louisville area, but that hasn&#39;t stopped one company from trying to make inroads.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 370 at http://wfpl.org Denton Has Concerns About More Private Medicaid Operators in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/denton-has-concerns-about-more-private-medicaid-operators-louisville <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The problems with privatized Medicaid in Eastern and Western Kentucky could be coming to Louisville.</p><p>Passport Health Plan has run Medicaid in Louisville and the surrounding area for more than a decade. The system was the model for last year&#39;s Medicaid privatization, which brought three new Medicaid management companies into the state.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 367 at http://wfpl.org