Kentucky, Louisiana Medicaid Rebids Have Silver Linings

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Jeff Myers is the former CEO of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Myers was never WellCare’s CEO, but worked closely with WellCare’s leaders when Myers was CEO of Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA). WellCare is a member of MHPA. This version has been corrected.

On Jan. 21, Paula Tregre, Louisiana’s head of procurement, canceled the state’s newest Medicaid contract awards — but not for the reasons you might think. Meanwhile, Kentucky is working through its own bidding controversy after the state’s new governor called off Medicaid pacts awarded in December.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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