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Beshear: Managed Care Initiative Running Smoothly


Gov. Steve Beshear says the Medicaid managed care system is running smoothly, with payments being processed quickly and fewer complaints.

Beshear said Thursday that managed care, now in its second year statewide, is saving tax dollars while also helping to improve the health of Medicaid recipients by emphasizing prevention and wellness.

Kentucky moved 560,000 Medicaid recipients into the managed care program in 2011 in a cost-saving move at a time when the Medicaid budget was facing a $142 million shortfall.

The program had been mired in billing and reimbursement problems for institutions like the Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

MCCH CEO Jerry Penner refused to comment on Beshear’s statements about changes to the managed care program.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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