Louisiana is searching for private companies to manage the care of 1.5 million Medicaid patients, as the existing contracts expire at the end of this year.
The Department of Health announced today that it is seeking bids from companies interested in the work. The new contracts, among the most lucrative in state government and worth billions, will begin in January.
Louisiana currently contracts with five managed-care companies to oversee services provided to 90% of the state’s Medicaid recipients. The contracts were negotiated by former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.
Existing contracts have provoked criticism that the managed-care companies aren’t closely tracked and that not enough is done to punish poor performance. Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration has said it will make changes in the next round of contracts. Read the full story.