Ohio Department of Medicaid

Disappointed Medicaid bidder focuses on inconsistencies

BY: - October 14, 2021

A Toledo company that’s trying to stop a group of contracts worth billions from going forward on Wednesday focused on what it saw as inconsistencies in the way the Ohio Department of Medicaid procured them. And it again hinted at possible improprieties by Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran. It was the second day in a trial […]

Medicaid department: No emails between DeWine-connected lobbyist and staff

BY: - October 8, 2021

There were no emails between an old friend of Gov. Mike DeWine and Medicaid staff after a major Medicaid contractor hired the friend to lobby on its behalf at the beginning of the year, a Medicaid lawyer said Tuesday. Any such communications would be of interest because the company, Centene, hired Michael Kiggin just two […]

Ohio’s Medicaid director owns the stock of some major contractors, but won’t say how much

BY: - October 6, 2021

Since she became director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid in January 2019, Maureen Corcoran has owned stock in some of the department’s biggest contractors. Given the size of those contracts, they could have increased the value of the stock Corcoran owned. But while she complied with one set of state disclosure requirements, Corcoran won’t […]

Medicaid contractor that settled fraud suit reiterates that it admits no wrongdoing

BY: - August 25, 2021

The health care giant that set aside $1.1 billion to settle claims that it defrauded state health programs for the poor wants to be clear: It doesn’t admit it did anything wrong. St. Louis-based Centene operates Buckeye Health Plan in Ohio. The company is one of five currently providing managed care for the 25% of […]

Six months after claiming massive fraud, Ohio awards contract worth billions to health giant

BY: - August 17, 2021

Ohio is again in business with a company that only recently it was accusing of massive fraud. The state’s leaders seem  reluctant to explain why. Two months ago, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that Centene, the largest Medicaid managed-care provider in the United States, would pay Ohio $88.3 million to settle a lawsuit claiming […]

State leadership gives mixed reviews for federal change to Medicaid work requirement

BY: - August 12, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he’s disappointed in the Biden administration’s reversal in approving a work requirement waiver for Medicaid recipients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ended a Trump-era policy that permitted the state to require work or “community engagement activities” as a condition of Medicaid eligibility, according to a letter sent to […]

Medicaid provider’s profits surge just after it announces massive settlement 

BY: - August 9, 2021

The business of administering the government health program for the poor continues to be very, very good for Centene — even after it announced it would pay states more than $1 billion to settle claims that the St. Louis-based company had defrauded them. In addition, its leader says he confident that his company will resume […]

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 […]