Anthem, Humana and Passport have signed agreements with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to provide healthcare services to state residents who will be newly eligible for coverage under the expansion of Medicaid, a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
The three new MCOs are in addition to Coventry and WellCare, which are currently serving this area, officials said.
Beginning October 1 residents in 104 Kentucky counties who are determined to be newly eligible for Medicaid will be able to choose the health plans as their healthcare provider for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2014.
“Under the terms of the contract, the three MCOs will initially serve exclusively the more than 300,000 who will be newly eligible for Medicaid,” officials said.
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The contracts were awarded for an initial 18 months with three, one-year renewal options. Beginning in July 2014, the 540,000 current Medicaid members will also be able to choose Anthem, Humana or Passport as their managed care company or may choose to stay with their current MCO.
“More than 300,000 Kentuckians are expected to be newly eligible for healthcare coverage through Medicaid beginning in January 2014,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes.
The new contracts awarded cover seven of eight Medicaid regions.