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Court ruling clears Ohio to pen Medicaid contracts

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm •  Published: January 2, 2013
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An Amerigroup spokeswoman said Wednesday the insurer was disappointed with the decision and exploring its legal options. The company could still appeal the ruling to the state's highest court.

"Amerigroup will continue to coordinate the care needs for and provide quality services and support to our 61,000 members in Ohio," said Maureen McDonnell, the company's vice president of public affairs and communications.

Amerigroup's challenge had blocked state officials from signing agreements with the five health plans that were the highest scorers. Those insurers are: CareSource; Paramount Advantage; United Healthcare Community Plan of Ohio; Molina Healthcare of Ohio Inc.; and Buckeye Community Health Plan.

The contract awards to the five plans remain preliminary. The managed care organizations must first pass an assessment, in which they must prove to the state that they will be ready and able to provide services when enrollment begins in July.

The plans' reviews will start later this month, Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy said Wednesday. He said he expects the contracts to be signed at the end of March. Beneficiaries would start receiving notifications about the new plans in April.

McCarthy has said Friday's ruling made clear that Ohio's selection process was "fair, transparent, and objective throughout."