Monday, October 7, 2013

State picks managed-care outfits in support of extended Medicaid

The state awarded contracts Friday to Humana Inc., Passport Health Plan and Wellpoint subsidiary Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to get by the shape control of Kentuckians who will suit eligible meant for Medicaid as soon as the state expands the syllabus under federal shape reform Jan. 1.
The newly eligible, in households with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, can start signing up meant for coverage Oct. 1 through Kynect, the state shape remuneration chat with the aim of will offer regular insurance policies and federal subsides meant for folks up to 400 percent of the poverty line.

The contracts cover 104 counties. The other 16, in the Louisville region, are already covered by contracts signed survive time with Humana, Passport, Coventry Cares and Wellcare of Kentucky meant for current Medicaid patients in all counties. They will be stretched out to cover the newly eligible on Jan. 1.

An estimated 308,000 Kentuckians will suit eligible meant for Medicaid under the federal health-care reform law. The state does not expect all of them to sign up meant for coverage. Under the reform law, the federal government will forfeit the even more cost meant for the earliest three years, at that moment the state will start selection up part of the cost, topping dazed by the side of 10 percent in 2020. Currently, federal funds cover in the region of 72 percent of Kentucky Medicaid overheads.

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