Public Corruption

Medicaid giant settles with fifth state

BY: - December 8, 2021

Centene, the nation’s largest Medicaid managed-care provider, has settled fraud allegations with a fifth state, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday. The $27.6 million Kansas settlement comes after Mississippi, Illinois and Arkansas announced settlements totaling $154 million. All of those follow a settlement with Ohio — the only state to actually sue the company […]

Big questions remain in huge Medicaid procurement

BY: - November 29, 2021

A Franklin County judge earlier this month dismissed a lawsuit over the largest public procurement in Ohio history. But important questions remain about potential corruption and conflicts of interest among key players who had a say in how the contracts were awarded. It’s unclear whether those questions will be answered. In April, the Ohio Department […]

Democratic super PAC borrowing Lincoln Project playbook for anti-corruption campaign

BY: - November 19, 2021

A team of political strategists is launching a super PAC modeled on the Lincoln Project called Bring Ohio Back. They describe their effort as an anti-corruption campaign aimed at undermining the GOP’s control of the state. The Lincoln Project raised its profile with a viral media strategy of well-produced attack ads, but a significant part […]

In sworn statements, Ohio Medicaid director might have contradicted herself

BY: - November 15, 2021

Did Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran know earlier this year that she owned stock in health giants CVS and UnitedHealth as she awarded enormous contracts to subsidiaries of both? In separate sworn statements, she seems to be saying no and yes. After a month of questions, Corcoran still hasn’t disclosed just how much stock she […]

Attempt to block $22 billion Medicaid contracts dismissed

BY: - November 10, 2021

A judge on Tuesday dismissed an attempt to overturn more than $22 billion worth of managed-care business as the Ohio Department of Medicaid tries to reshape the way it works with 3 million low-income and disabled Ohioans. However, questions remain about potential conflicts of interest on the part of some involved in awarding the business. […]

Ohio utility regulator lobbied for legislation to save FirstEnergy millions, texts show

BY: - November 9, 2021

Ohio’s top utility regulator quietly lobbied lawmakers to include a provision in the state budget that saved tens of millions for FirstEnergy Corp., text messages from company executives show. FirstEnergy admitted in federal court earlier this year that it funded $60 million to a political nonprofit that wasn’t required to disclose its donors, secretly controlled […]

Ohio Medicaid: It’s not a conflict if you only own stock in the parent company

BY: - November 9, 2021

Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran didn’t have a conflict of interest when she signed multi-billion-dollar contracts earlier this year, her department’s attorneys are arguing. That’s because she only owns stock in parent corporations — not their Ohio subsidiaries to whom she awarded contracts. The department made the argument in a Friday motion in a court […]

Centene prison-health subsidiary overcomes claims in Missouri

BY: - November 8, 2021

The company providing health care to Missouri prisoners failed to prove a competitor misled state purchasing officers to win the $1.4 billion contract, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Thursday. Corizon Health, which has been the state’s vendor for prisoner medical needs since 1992, accused the state Purchasing Division of giving the contract to […]

“You’re fired.” Dem gov. candidate Cranley promises to clean house at PUCO

BY: - November 5, 2021

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Cranley is promising a scorched earth response to Ohio’s HB 6 scandal: fire every member of the public utilities commission. The former Cincinnati mayor contends a clean slate is the only way to restore trust in the Pubic Utilities Commission of Ohio, or PUCO, and he has additional reforms in mind […]

Are companies still inflating the cost of Medicaid drugs? 

BY: - November 4, 2021

Last week, Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran revealed something with potentially far-reaching implications: When her department calculates how much to pay managed-care companies she’s not sure if it it knows the true cost of the prescription drugs for which it is shelling out billions. If the drug middlemen hired by Ohio’s Medicaid managed-care contractors are […]

FirstEnergy to pay $306 million in refunds in legal settlement

BY: - November 3, 2021

FirstEnergy Corp. has agreed to refund $306 million to customers after the Supreme Court ruled the utility improperly excluded millions in charges from a calculation of whether its profits were “significantly excessive.” The refund traces back to what FirstEnergy called a “distribution modernization rider” (DMR) — about $458 million collected from customers over about 2.5 […]

After Ohio scandal, Medicaid managed-care giant to exit the pharmacy business

BY: - November 2, 2021

Centene, the nation’s largest Medicaid managed-care company, is planning to stop its work as a pharmacy middleman, or pharmacy benefit manager. Executives last week said the company is issuing a $30 billion request for proposals from an outside contractor to take over the work. The news comes after Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sued the […]