Ohio Department of Medicaid

Medicaid rebid stripped from Ohio budget. Other actions unclear.

BY: - June 30, 2021

Medicaid rebid stripped from Ohio budget. Other actions unclear.

Lavishly paid and unapologetic. Company at center of Medicaid scandal focuses on profits.

BY: - June 28, 2021

Coordinating government health care for poor people has been very, very good to Michael F. Neidorff. By one measure, he’s the country’s top-paid health care executive, making $25 million a year. That means the Centene chief makes as much in a year as 1,409 of the best paid of the 25 million Americans for whom his company […]

Proposed budget changes said to threaten Medicaid reforms

BY: - June 24, 2021

The Republican leadership of the Ohio Senate is attempting to give an Ohio-based Medicaid managed-care company a do-over after it failed badly in a competitive process to keep its business with the state. Critics say the do-over — which was apparently lobbied for by the previous Medicaid director — would at least delay a series […]

Health care giant acknowledges Ohio suit, says more could come from other states

BY: - April 29, 2021

Healthcare giant acknowledges Ohio suit, says more could come from other states

Two additional states might be eyeing litigation against health care giant

BY: - April 26, 2021

Add Kansas and Arkansas to the list of states that might be considering litigation against the largest Medicaid managed-care contractor in the country. Ohio already is suing St. Louis-based Centene, claiming that the company used layers of middlemen to overbill the state by tens of million of dollars for prescription drugs — allegations Centene adamantly […]

Conflicting corporate claims at the heart of Ohio’s blockbuster Medicaid suit

BY: - April 12, 2021

Two mega-corporations appear to be claiming they did the same work for Medicaid — Ohio’s $24 billion-a-year program that provides health care to the poorest 25% of state residents.  Since the companies received at least $53 million for the work in 2017 alone, the conflicting claims could be a big problem — one with potential […]

Ohio suit against health care giant is sealed. Here’s why

BY: - March 16, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week filed suit against the largest Medicaid managed-care provider in the United States.  The suit appears to accuse St. Louis-based Centene of improper billing, misrepresentation of its costs and other offenses. But it’s impossible to know for sure because the case was filed under seal. For the most part, […]

Will state Medicaid reforms prove we were getting a bad deal?

BY: - March 15, 2021

The Ohio Department of Medicaid in January implemented a massive overhaul to the way it administers prescription drug benefits to more than a quarter of all Ohioans. Now, the department is hiring its own middleman to handle the transactions. The department expects to save $128 million during the fiscal year starting July 1 and $184 […]

Ohio takes first steps toward big Medicaid overhaul

BY: - September 30, 2020

Ohio Medicaid, which provides health care to more than a quarter of the state's population is poised to take a big step in a major overhaul of the program.

Amid questions, Medicaid director has governor’s confidence

BY: - August 13, 2020

The performance of Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, but she retains the confidence of Gov. Mike Dewine. The governor appointed Corcoran to lead the $27 billion-a-year agency in January 2019, after it had experienced a series of controversies involving the pricing and acquisition of prescription drugs. They included […]

Records: Ohio Medicaid leaders showed little enthusiasm to support coronavirus testing at pharmacies

BY: - August 4, 2020

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is struggling to implement a system to reimburse community pharmacists to test millions of the state’s poorest people for coronavirus.  While the reasons for the problems have not been fully explained, difficulty getting supplies appears to be one.  But another cause might be that at least into June, senior leaders […]

More Medicaid funding needed to survive the recession, advocates say

BY: - July 15, 2020

After cuts to the state’s health care assistance program, Medicaid advocates are hoping a temporary federal funding increase will continue. In May, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced cuts to many state agencies, but the biggest cuts hit Medicaid and education. The budget for Medicaid was chopped by $210 million. Much of that original cut represented […]