Ohio Department of Medicaid

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 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 […]

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.