News Briefs: Centene Agrees to Pay $21.1 Million to Settle NH Medicaid Pharmacy Issues | Jan. 20, 2022
Centene Corp. this month agreed to pay $21.1 million to resolve inaccuracies related to the reporting of pharmacy benefit services costs for New Hampshire’s Medicaid Managed Care Management Program. In a Jan. 6 press release unveiling the settlement agreement, Attorney General John Formella said the state Dept. of Health and Human Services and Dept. of Justice began investigating Centene’s provision of pharmacy benefit services after similar probes in other states were made public. The agreement follows similar settlements in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi and Ohio over the last year for a total of $214 million in payouts. Centene did not admit any liability, wrongdoing or violation of federal or state law. “This no-fault agreement reflects our commitment to prompt and transparent resolution of this matter and relentless focus on delivering high-quality healthcare outcomes to our members in the Granite State,” Centene said in a statement published by The Daily Journal.